Wyndcliffe Court, St Arvans

Yesterday Mark and I headed over the bridge to South Wales to take my mother out for lunch. Rather than going to the pub round the corner, Mum had suggested we go to a tearoom a couple of minutes’ drive away where she had been to a patchwork class in the Winter. It turned out the tea room overlooked one of the most beautiful gardens I have seen in a long while – at Wyndcliffe Court.

I am astounded that somewhere so lovely could be so close to my mother’s house without her mentioning it to us before! Had I known its loveliness I would have taken my proper camera with me. As it was I had to make do with my phone. The entrance charge was just £4; excellent value if it were for just one visit, but that £4 gets you admittance as often as you like for a year!! We had had thunderstorms in the night and thunder was still rumbling around the Welsh hills as we arrived, so we decided to have a very quick look around the garden before the rain started.

“Oh look”, exclaimed Mark, pointing at one of the sculptures, “boxing kangaroos!”. I looked, patted his arm in the affectionate, yet patronising way that annoys him so much and pointed out they were hares, not kangaroos. He will get his own back, but I made the most of a few moments smugness.

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my mum

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there were a number of orangutan sculptures around the garden (clearly a good match for the kangaroos!)

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I should point out that this little garden is on two levels and my mother is half way up the steps, not kneeling in the flower beds!

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As the rain became heavy, we made our way to the tea rooms. There were a couple of tables on a sort of large stone porch, so we could be dry but still enjoy the fresh air and the sound of the rain as we ate our soup and sandwiches.

 

 

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In addition to a small shop selling a variety of pieces of artwork, there was a little second hand shop. I came home with quite a haul of glass and silver pieces; all for just £13!! I intend to use the jars to store my vintage buttons…

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2 responses to “Wyndcliffe Court, St Arvans

  1. That’s right, don’t let him get away with kangaroos! Ha! ….but where are they? The boxing kanga….ehm…. hares, I mean? I can just see one graceful ballet hare?

    (what a lovely place!)

  2. erm…blush…the boxing hares were in the distance and it started raining before I could take a photo. Had hoped to return yesterday, but once again it rained…that’s Wales for you! Lovely, but damp.

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