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Gatehouse and fish pond, Falkland Estate. 181/366

Not quite as energetic as I hoped. I was up early photographing birds first thing with not much success. After breakfast I got to work on the bathroom which I should have dealt with yesterday. A bit more photography and file clearing. Then the postman arrived with my new microwave so some cleaning and tidying, the old one removed to my car and the new one in place. I'm glad I went for stainless steel. It matches up with my cooker and the new red towels give a nice splash of colour.
Settled on the sofa for lunch and read a letter Julie had put through the letterbox explaining what the coronavirus procedure would be for hair cutting. To say I was impressed was putting it mildly. She has thought of absolutely everything. Just as I was going to get up and put Roomba2 into action the phone rang. It was Margaret. We must have chatted for over an hour. I was telling her about the Japanese garden so we are thinking about meeting there. Margaret loves gardens and has never been. She'd only been off the phone for minutes when Linda rang so that was another hour chatting. Much nicer than housework. She's hoping to be able to go to her time share in Aviemore about the middle of July but is open to the Japanese garden when she gets back. Margaret and I are going to fix a date next week as we'll have to book a place. They are limiting numbers and are having a one way system round the garden. It's a large area with woodland so even if the weather is not great there will be shelter to picnic and they are selling packed lunches and coffee.
By the time I came off the phone I was ready for some tea and a read of my book then I took myself off to Falkland Estate for a walk. Found some wild orchids and some fungi and the Maspie burn and lower falls had more water than last time. Saw a roe deer in one of the fields as I came back but it was too distant to photograph.
The car park had been almost empty when I arrived but had more cars when I returned. People tend to stick to a few paths though so one can always get away from them. There was a notice for an overflow car park though so it must be busier than usual and I saw another notice saying "No Barbeques." That was extraordinary. It's really a wild natural place for walkers and off road cyclists.
I covered a good distance but not as much as last Monday which was probably just as well. Maybe I'll be more adventurous later in the week. I'm wondering about the Witch's cave.
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24 comments

Frans Schols said:

Schitterende opname,Jean mooi gebouw en boom met boombank.
En weer een mooi verhaal natuurlijk.
hartelijke groeten,Frans.
10 days ago ( translate )

neira-Dan said:

très belle endroit verdoyant , une belle composition
10 days ago ( translate )

©UdoSm said:

Very romantic...
10 days ago ( translate )

Joe, Son of the Rock said:

What an idyllic scene. The reflection is beautiful. I have been to Falkland a few times, Jean, but I didn't discover this place. All the best, Joe
10 days ago

Chrissy said:

Das Häuschen ist sehr hübsch, wie es dort in seinem Park steht. Da gibt es sicher viele schöne Fotomotive!
9 days ago ( translate )

Jaap van 't Veen said:

Idylle pure !!
VERY well captured Jean.
9 days ago ( translate )

Malik Raoulda said:

Absolument magnifique et bien embellie par ce superbe reflet.
Bonne journée.
9 days ago ( translate )

Annemarie said:

what a magic place and photo

have a great week:)
9 days ago

Rosalyn Hilborne said:

A very attractive gatehouse with a lovely reflection Jean. A lovely place to sit under the tree, on a warm sunny day. I hope you have more luck booking a slot than I do at Stourhead! Every time I try, it's fully booked! I drove over there to park in the NT car park and walk around the village and public footpaths, but even though I am a NT member the bloke wouldn't allow me to park there! I was not pleased! I didn't argue, there is never any point with a jobsworth!
9 days ago

Jean replied to Rosalyn Hilborne:

How annoying for you. I would have been livid about the parking. Our National Trust properties are still closed but I think are opening soon. I'm looking forward to Falkland Palace opening as it's close by and I often walk in the garden. The grounds aren't that large but there is an orchard. Falkland Estate is the place for proper walks.
9 days ago

Mick Herbert said:

Well captured Jean !
9 days ago ( translate )

fifi said:

ça sent la pluie ;-) bien vert ;-)
9 days ago ( translate )

Roger (Grisly) said:

A lovely capture of a beautiful scene and the gate house has superb proportions and majestic chimneys.
9 days ago

Keith Burton said:

Beautifully composed Jean. I like the look of the gatehouse - it's such a pretty building. The reflection is very nice in the still water and I like the textures made by the floating vegetation.

I can't tell what type tree that is on the left, but I do like the circular bench - just the place for reading a book or watching the wildlife.

Another day of loafing around here...........it's been raining all day, although the wind has lessened. Take care :-)
9 days ago

Betty【ツ】 said:

A fairy tale place!
9 days ago