Here we are at Forde Abbey on a dull and rainy day
Once described as the most perfect monastry in England.
Built almost 900 years ago by Cistercian monks, the abbey still embodies the serenity and phylosophy of the order who, lived, prayed and farmed here.
From 1141 to 2011, Forde Abbey is a stunning example of history preserved but not petrified, where the Kennard family continues to live and work in an informal style and where visitors receive a warm welcome.
One of my reasons for coming here was to see England's tallest fountain
We begin by walking through the kitchen gardens
before entering the main gardens
I had hoped that the sky would be blue as one does not get a full sense of the height of this fountain against the rainy sky. It helps a little to see how it compares with the hight of the abbey in the background
Maybe we can go in here and shelter from the rain for a while
Yes it's dry and we can look out onto another lake
Entrance to the family's private garden
Lunch in the abbey crypt
and with my dental surgery problem I am unable to order
their own pheasant in a delicious sounding sauce
accompanied by fresh vegetables from the kitchen garden
It was soup for me - Aaaaaaah!
And just in case you are wondering, during the week these places are mostly populated by senior citizens as most others are at work!
After lunch we visit the abbey's Bog garden, the best I have seen but in the next post