I’ve returned recently from a very British August summer holiday in Scarborough with the family.
Soggy fish and chips, seaside rides and variable weather – glorious!
A trip to Sewerby Park on one of the better days, however, provided some welcome surprises.
My family history is inextricably linked with Sewerby Park. A number of my ancestors held working positions – cooks, maids, gardeners – at the big house.
Anyway, the weather was decent, so we had a day trip at the park.
I was particularly taken with the borders in the walled gardens. The combination of cannas and heliotrope was a real favourite (surprise surprise). Not particularly “Yorkshire”, but cheerful and dramatic.
And look here – my old friend the Monkey Puzzle! Some fabulous old specimens – wonderful to see.
It’s interesting – and humbling, in a way – to think that a relative of mine may have been working at the house when these beasts were planted.