The country is currently sitting beneath a heat dome, loosely defined as an area of high pressure sitting over the same area for days, or even weeks. Hot air is trapped rather like a lid on a saucepan, pushing temperatures above what is normal for the time of the year. These current high temperatures are not to our liking; we prefer more temperate climes.
We packed a picnic and set off with hopes of finding some shade and cooler air in a local Cotswold garden.
In 1956 this estate was bequeathed to the NT by the 2nd Lord Faringdon, and the contents of the house were subsequently transferred to the Trustees of the Faringdon Collection. Lord Faringdon, a batchelor, was considered a controversial character at the time, being a politically, provocative, leftwing pacifist. He was the friend of artists, poets and painters, and gave shelter to Basque and Spanish exiles at the start of the Spanish Civil War. I like the sound of him. The current Lord Faringdon, his nephew, inherited the Buscot estate from his uncle and now administers the house and grounds on behalf of the NT.
Originally this first area of the garden was a kitchen garden but the current Lord Faringdon has changed it into a pleasure garden criss crossed by pathways, trees, walls, and interesting statuary.
Love this pathway lined with Catalpa bignonioides 'Aurea' trees - Indian Bean Trees - we have one in our garden too. Now having seen these I think we missed a trick, we should have planted more too.
A steep pathway leads up from what was the old kitchen garden to a hilltop, upon which the 18thc house is built. It's position affords it wonderful uninterrupted views over the Oxfordshire countryside.
The current Lord Faringdon continues in his uncle's footsteps commissioning and collecting works by contemporary artists and sculptores. It is obvious from the garden and the interior of the property that both he and his wife have a very good eye.
You need more energy than we had in order to walk the rest of the garden - we still have a long trek back to find our car. We spent a soothing half hour watching the waterbirds; the herons flitting around the trees on the opposite side of the lake, and soaring kite and buzzard overhead.As I post this, I am happy to say that today the humid air has passed, and we have even enjoyed a splash of rain, so no need to water our garden.