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A Magical World – On Our Doorstep…

November 7, 2011

Autumn definitely seems to be turning rapidly into winter. Today, the heating has gone on and thoughts have well and truly turned to staying indoors and enjoying winter-warming food. So, how glad are we that we took advantage of the beautiful weekend weather, and after the excesses of a number of Bonfire Events, headed off to the Cheshire countryside on Sunday to blow away the smell of smoke…

First port of call was Willow Pool, a “garden centre” just outside of Lymm. I have Jonny Draper, photographer extraordinaire, to thank for alerting us to this gem. He did an amazing shoot for The White Closet, West Didsbury’s bridal boutique, and since seeing the images, we’ve wanted to check it out. The word kitsch springs to mind – yes, you can buy plants, but you could also buy old carts, antique doors, old beans and columns, fireplaces, fountains, old chemist cabinets. You name it, Willow Pool can probably source it. And, if you fancy stopping off for a cuppa (or a three course meal) you can do it in your own thatched, heated gazebo. Or, if that doesn’t take your fancy, how about a Victorian fairground stall? To get to Willow Pool come off the M56 at Junction 7 and head for Lymm, where it’s well sign posted. Once you turn into Burford Lane, it’s about 50m on your left – watch for the hidden entrance, or like us, you’ll shoot straight past…

Willow Pool, Lymm

Willow Pool, Lymm

Willow Pool, Lymm

Willow Pool, Lymm

Willow Pool, Lymm

Willow Pool, Lymm

Willow Pool, Lymm

Willow Pool, Lymm

Willow Pool, Lymm

Willow Pool, Lymm

Willow Pool, Lymm

Willow Pool, Lymm

Willow Pool, Lymm

Willow Pool, Lymm

As there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, and there was actually some last gasps of heat in the sun, we decided to have a stroll along The Bridgewater Canal. Now,while I can’t really see myself living it up on a barge, the relaxed pace of life that I witnessed, made me fleetingly think that an escape from it all would be rather nice. Until it was pointed out to me that there would be the distinct possiblity that at times I might have to help steer the barge through tunnels. Using my feet… So, I took in the views instead and felt very glad for my house in West Didsbury 🙂

The Bridgewater Canal, Lymm

The Bridgewater Canal, Lymm

The Bridgewater Canal, Lymm

The Bridgewater Canal, Lymm

The Bridgewater Canal, Lymm

The Bridgewater Canal, Lymm

Next up was Dunham Massey – but I’ll keep my appointment with a stag until next blog…

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