What good fortune club members had for their day out to Forde Abbey in March 2008. The weather was bright and sunny all day, making the 30 acres of award winning gardens look spectacular for the time of year. Wild daffodils in grassed areas could be seen in abundance and the rockery and bog gardens were displaying early spring colour.
The cascade of lakes provides a wonderful setting for the Centenary Fountain the highest powered in England, where rainbow colours could be seen in the drifting spray. The architectural beauty of the house and its splendid interior dating back more than 900 years creates a wonderful backdrop to the grounds. Members enjoyed sitting on the numerous benches provided, either to eat their packed lunches, or just to sit and take in the beautiful views.
On leaving the Abbey, our driver Kelvin gave members further excitement to the day by driving along narrow country lanes towards Honiton, finally ending up at Otter Nurseries for tea.
Photographs taken by Maureen Coldham