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Friday, 19 October 2012

Views around the grounds and Walled Garden - 19/10/2012.

The day before the popular Food and Craft Festival was to be very busy for the staff and volunteers at Wallington. Two large marquees cover a large section of the grass in the Courtyard, and throughout the day there was a steady stream of vehicles fetching generators and mobile catering units.

Visitors will be able to sample such delights as divine burgers, hog roasts and fish and chips. As usual there were some last minute jobs to be carried out: setting up the overflow car park, putting up tents, general tidying up of the property and for us, the volunteers present today - raking up the newly fallen leaves.

The weather forecast for today was correct. Fog and mist early morning clearing away with sun early afternoon with a temperature of around 12 degrees C. Our work hopefully will ensure Wallington is at its best, at this time of year though all of the leaves collected in one day could be replaced by others if the wind gets up!

My next visit to Wallington be be on Sunday as a visitor to the festival. Good weather is forecast, this hopefully will ensure a record attendance for the National Trust property.

I took the following photographs before I started work this morning:

Marquees on the Courtyard grass.
House entrance.
House from East Lawn.
View of the newly laid paths in East Wood.
Looking up to the Portico.
Autumn's colours beside Garden Pond.
After the damp start to the day in the Walled Garden.
Potting Shed door.
In the Blue and Yellow border of the Walled Garden.
Upper Terrace beside the Peach Houses.
View across the Lower Terrace of the Walled Garden.

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