It was late June but it felt like September as we roamed around Chatsworth.
Dark clouds would roll along, followed by bits of bright blue skies, and a light breeze every now and then. No rain, so no need to stash an umbrella in the bag. Bliss.
One of the nice things about Chatsworth is that you don't have to follow a tour guide throughout the estate. No bunched up groups smacking into each other. You can speed walk through, stop when you've found something interesting, or dreamily walk along pretending to live there. We would be the latter.
Speaking of living there, this is the family's private entrance to Chatsworth.
Note the topiaries at the top of the steps.
Let's roam around a bit. The gardens at Chatsworth continue to evolve but the two most famous of the landscape architects are Lancelot "Capability" Brown (who designed most of the open parkland) and Joseph Paxton, who is probably the best remembered of the long list of rock star gardeners.
The Cascade House
On a warm day you can give your toes a dip
The Cottage Garden
She was my favorite sculpture standing guard along the hedge row
Designed by Joseph Paxton
The Emperor Fountain and Canal Pond
Also designed by Joseph Paxton
Rose gardens at the Orangery
Hmmm, interesting. Wouldn't want it in my garden, though.
Oh, what's this?
Let's take an ice cream break
So fun! Thanks for stopping by.