A Regency Palm House

I can’t help lingering over windows, especially when they come in the form of a delightful Regency era Palm House. (The Regency era is the period between 1811 and 1820 when King George III was deemed unfit to rule and his son, the Prince of Wales, ruled as his proxy as Prince Regent. In 1820 the Prince Regent became George IV)

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You’ll find this little beauty in the Bicton Park Botanical Gardens in East Devon, as well as acres of landscaped gardens to walk around.

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Pilsdon Pen

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Like a lot of things in life finding Pilsdon Pen was a fluke. We were driving back to Bridport in Dorset after visiting Lyme Regis and me being, well, me, decided to return via the country roads instead of the direct route. Admiring the views surreptitiously as I was driving along the narrow winding road, it was a relief to find a layby to pull into. Obviously a spot with a view as there were already a couple of cars parked there.

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The panorama was spectacular, rolling hills, cliffs and in the distance, the sea. After taking a few photos, I headed across the road to a stile that I had spied which led to a path up a hill. Thinking that I might get even better views from the hill, I hopped over the stile.

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And found that I was on Pilsdon Pen, the highest point in Dorset.

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And I was particularly fascinated by the late afternoon shadows of the trees bordering that field.

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 Serendipity :)

If you enjoy a walk, short or long, then you may enjoy visiting Jo’s Monday Walk where you are in for a treat.

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