Every year the Bishop of Norwich opens his private formal gardens in the city centre on select days to raise money for different charities.
I’ve been lucky enough to visit the four acre site on several occasions and it always takes my breath away.
As we were coming back from a lovely lunch a couple of weeks ago, Mark said: “Look, the Bishop’s Garden is open. Shall we go?”
Usually I would jump at the chance but a gentle pitter patter of rain was hitting the windscreen and the dark clouds overhead indicated that it might not be a short shower (and none of us had raincoats). However, not one to pass up an adventure, I said we should give it a go – especially as it was to raise money for Samaritans, Norwich.
The gardens are something of a secret, surrounded by high walls so you’d never normally know they were there. Apparently there has been a garden on the site, although not like it is today, since about 1100AD when Bishop de Losinga began to build the cathedral and palace. There’s a history here.
While Freya was more interested in listening to the Broadbeat Choir perform, we did manage to have a wander around the various areas, including a nose in the greenhouse.
My favourite was the wild flower labyrinth, which Freya also loved racing around to get to the centre (more pics of this on Instagram).
Photo wise, the light was a challenge for my limited skills but it was still a lovely way to spend an hour or so.
There are two more chances to visit the Bishop’s Garden this year on September 3rd and 10th. Admission is from 1pm – 5pm and is £3 for adults. Children and wheelchair users are free. If you’re in Norfolk it’s well worth a visit.
As always I’ve joined in with the awesome My Sunday Photo link, run by Darren at Photalife. Please click on the camera below to see the other submissions.
One last thing, please pop back tomorrow where I have another excellent Behind The Book interview for you, this time with “indie” author Julie Stock.
Wishing you a fab week.