If you were with me today,
we would have stopped in at Isabella Plantation
in Richmond Park, London.
It is just as well that you were not with me as
I got lost....and did the loopty loop several times
around the 8 mile perimeter drive.
That happens to me a lot. :)
It really wouldn't have mattered
because Richmond Park is a site to behold,
550 acres of woodland
11 gates (I now know them well)
Seven car parks (know them by heart)
20 mph speed limit (oops)
Two 18-hole golf courses
Four rugby pitches
1,350 species of beetle
750 species of butterfly and moth
450 species of plants and ferns
400 species of fungi
130 species of bees and wasps
119 species of birds
and two Shire horses ( I thought the same thing)
I eventually found my way :)
Isabella Plantation dates back to 1637
and is filled with many of the specimens listed above.
In bloom at Isabella Plantation throughout the year...
Spring: camellias, magnolias, daffodils, bluebells
azaleas and rhododendrons.
Summer: Japanese irises, day lilies, candelabra primula,
flowering straz trees and fragrant magnolia.
Autumn: Fothergilla, Japanese acersa and tupelo trees are ablaze in colour.
Winter: Witch Hazel, Mahonia and Rhododendrons 'Christmas Cheer'
are in bloom with early camellias.
With this knowledge, I embarked on a stroll, with friends, around the Plantation.
My only regret was that I was doing it midday, not the best light for this amateur photographer.
Alas, I persevered, knowing that I could come back, on my own,
when the timing and lighting would be just right.
We passed thru the gates, in and out again
and then a thought crossed my mind...
Is it possible that Philip Treacy drew his inspiration
for Princess Beatrice's hat from Isabella?
(Imagine the gate photo upside down.)
With that thought in mind, you and I would have left for
Pembroke Lodge to have a coffee.
We would have admired a spectacular view and
would be happy to spend several hours doing so.
The only problem with me is that I am easily distracted.
While my friends were looking out, I was zooming in.
How could I resist?
I so admired this woman below...she has great sensibilities.
Hat, portable chair and a bag filled with
plenty to keep her occupied.
Ah well, there is always next time.
I am bringing my hat, chair and carry all.
Care to join me?
Isabella Plantation photos~me
Princess Beatrice, here.
Information on park