Our destination was Culzean Castle and Country Park. Culzean was Scotlands first Country park. Before we go any further, I want to forewarn you that this post will be photograph heavy. There were a lot more, but I managed to reduce it to these. I do sincerely hope you enjoy them.
This is the gateway to the Castle.
This handsome chap is a sundial.
Some kind of decorative canon with fish staring out at the waters.
A walk around the Greenhouse made us smile as we admired the colours of these citrus fruits.
We passed this pakoda and these canons, as we walked carefully down to the beach.
Nature - This is so true.
I am not sure what the dome building is. Perhaps some sort of changing room, but the building behind it is apparently a Laundry house.
Such beautiful colours. Don't you think?!
As we had turned up at the Castle quite early, we were the only ones on the beach. We certainly made the most of it. The coastline, four miles of rocky shore, sandy and clean beaches and cliffs with panoramic views over the Firth of Clyde to Arran and Kintyre. Truly stunning and appreciated more so on such a clear day.
I love how these trees branches are twisted. I wonder if they are natural or manipulated by human beings. I have a feeling that they have been crafted as they formed an archway. I can just imagine D and me sitting on one of the branches K-I-S-S-I-N-G. But of course we did not, we are just too grown up for that kind of thing now.
Water lilies. Yellow and green were the dominant colours in the Country Park.
We walked around the Swan pond, a 13 acre lake with resident wild fowl. This was certainly a therapeutic sight. The swan nesting and her friend, helping further with more natural resources towards the nest. They were not disturbed by our presence at all.
The most spectacular duck house I have ever seen. I know where I’d want to live if I were a birdie.
The walled garden featured a herbaceous border and a kitchen garden,but as expected there was not much growing there at all and there were no plants were for sale either due to the slow start in the growing season.
Victorian vinery was also a bit sleepy, but it hosted a thatched summer house. It actually reminded me more of those old fashioned waiting rooms in black and white Hollywood movies.
We also saw our first butterfly. In fact there were three of them, bees too and other wonderful creatures with wings - no dragonflies though.
Who needs to admire 'A' List celebrities walking down a red carpet, when you have such a natural red carpet here. It was truly beautiful. The next stop was the Camellia House, where I thought I found the cutest ever fairy slipper (see bottom left photograph in the collage). Then I looked up and realised it the was the outer of the casing of these flowers which I think are some kind of Camellia, but you can correct me. I am familiar with vegetables and herbs, but such glamorous flowers and trees are still a mystery to me.
A couple of years ago, I marvelled at the soft blanket pods of broad beans, but this in the flower world has taken the crown. It was so, so soft like a bunny rabbits ear.