A couple of visits to Biddulph Grange gardens, a National Trust property about 15min. drive from home, are always good for a few pictures any time of the year:
There's a stumpery here too:
...and some bells:
That's the house - it used to serve as a hospital once - taken from across the ornamental lake. The lake contains some of the largest koi carp I've ever seen. I swear, one day, I'll see someone standing on those steps at the far end of the pool disappear beneath the water.