We had to pop up to the city centre this morning to do things like hairdressers, opticians and etc so after morning coffee at Debenhams followed by a quick trip to the nearest council refuse site with loads of cardboard we decided that instead of going home we would head north out of the city and up towards Biddulph to make our first visit this year to the Biddulph Grange Gardens. We stopped to pick up sandwiches on the way.
By one o'clock we were making our way into the Chinese garden which we had almost completely to ourselves.
We made our way by the Great Wall and down towards the temple.
The reflections in the water were quite beautiful I'm afraid my photos don't do them justice.
We meandered over the bridge
By the sacred water buffalo and the red dragons
To the inside of the temple where we stood for a while gazing down into the pool and tapped the bells to make them tinkle.
We sat and ate our lunch in the most wonderful peace and tranquillity whilst gazing at the scene through the window below.
Then we set off through the tunnel and out into the rest of the garden. I've been looking back to find out when we made our first visit to Biddulph last year and I wrote a post about it on 21st March so we are even earlier in making our first visit this year. I'll be back with more photos of the garden in another post.