Sunday, 28 April 2019

MNTV at Speke Hall on Sunday 28th April

Sadly we had a couple of drop-outs on the morning, so only 3 of us travelled by car-share from Styal. We drove over the 'new' Mersey Gateway bridge between Runcorn and Widnes to get to Speke Hall where we spent the morning helping the Gardener dig over one of the large plots in the Kitchen Garden that was full of weeds and severely water-logged in places.
The 'before' and 'after' photo's below not only show the difference in the plot from when we started to when we'd finished, but the marked improvement in the weather from a cold, damp morning, to beautiful sunshine:-)
Before - the plot full of weeds and the weather cold and damp!
After! - no weeds and sunshine, hurrah:-)
After having our lunch in the Volunteer Gardeners shed, whilst watching the volunteer bee-keepers check on the bee hives, we were treated to a guided tour of the grounds where we saw blue bells in abundance........
Blue bells in the woods
........and the ancient oak 'Bell Tree' which is a sculptural sound installation by Serena Korda, inspired by the fascinating story of hidden rebellions at Speke Hall. Afterwards we were given free access to explore Speke Hall, before the journey home via Styal, to drop everyone back at their cars.
It was a really good day:-)
Sue leaning against Adam, one of the ancient Yew trees in the courtyard, the other is called Eve
Photo's by Adrian

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