In my previous post, I've already said how there always seems to be something new or different to discover, even in places I've visited many times before, such as St. Mary's church on the Studley Royal estate.
Fountains Hall and Fountains Abbey, although unchanged at a first glance, are no exceptions. This year, we found that an orchard has been planted and made accessible (it probably was there already last year, but we didn't see any signs for it) where there used to be the orchard a long time ago.
What is interesting about this orchard - apart from it being so beautiful and quiet - is that the National Trust people who planted it did so in collaboration with an organization who is looking after old varieties of fruit and vegetables. Trees were chosen that would have been popular in the time when the orchard was still very much used by the inhabitants of Fountains Hall and their employees. On the National Trust website for Fountains Abbey, I found this information:
orchard over the bridge from the herb garden. This collection of apple
trees is in an idyllic location by the river and includes some heritage
varieties such as Ribston Pippin and Forty Shilling."
Here are my pictures from August 17 (the day after our arrival).
Towards Fountains Hall, and then the herb garden:
View from herb garden to Fountains Hall, and the bridge to the orchard:
Fountains Mill can be seen at the far end of the orchard:
Inside the mill:
On the official website, it says: "
Now off to the ruins of the abbey itself. This time, I have deliberately NOT taken a picture from what must be the most photographed spot here; the huge (empty) window in the main church building. Instead, I have tried to catch different glimpses through, between and out of the ruins.
On our way back out, my sister pointed this tree out to me. What made it grow so twisted, we were wondering?
The next day, Tuesday (August 18), turned out to be the only really rainy day of our entire stay. What did we do? You'll find out in one of my next posts :-)