On the third day of our trip to Cornwall, we did the rather OAP thing of visiting some gardens! Unsure what the weather had in store for us, we wanted to avoid the beach. So we drove down to The Lost Gardens of Heligan.
Heligan is considered to be one of the most mysterious estates in England. The garden has been undergoing a restoration project for the last 25 years.
From quirky sculptures to homegrown vegetables, thriving piglets to a buzzing insect hotel, Heligan offers far more than your average garden tour. I’d highly recommend a visit if you’re in the area. Plus it’s the perfect place to unleash your inner photographer!
The paths were engulfed by twisted trees with warped branches that gave the impression they had landed from outer space.
As we entered into the jungle section of the gardens, somewhat appropriately, the heavens opened and the rain crashed down around us.
Luckily I found a brief respite from the rain under a canopy of jungle plants.
We continued out of the jungle and onto the farm. Here we met the cutest little piglets and their mum.
We then bumped into this soggy sheep who’d also been caught in the downpour.
“Dammit, I spent ages straightening my hair this morning!”
We’d brought a picnic hamper along with the intention of having a nice romantic picnic in the Lost Gardens while catching some sun rays. Unfortunately, the rain was relentless and showed no sign of stopping. So did we abandon our picnic plans? Of course not, we’re British!
We borrowed a picnic rug from the cafe, set up camp under a tree and took turns holding the umbrella while we ate. As we sat down the rain got progressively worse and a thunderstorm decided to join the party. It was the kind of the thunder that’s so loud it sounds like a gun has just been shot next to your ear. Nevertheless, we continued our picnic and kept our fingers crossed that one of the trees we were under didn’t get struck by lightning!
Not quite what we’d had planned. I’m afraid there’s no pictures of this somewhat comic scene as we were already struggling to juggle a picnic and a thunderstorm with only two pairs of hands.
As we finished our picnic, the rain came to a slow stop (of course it did). We meandered on to see the array of beautiful flowers. I was in my element with the camera!
Finally, we took a stroll through the rows of homegrown vegetables…
…said a quick hello to the security guard…
…before heading back home for an evening of prosecco and BBQ take two.
Once back at our little Western hideaway, we popped open a bottle of prosecco and relaxed on the veranda.
Finally, the sun had decided to show its face so we sat back and enjoyed the stunning sunset.
With the sun glowing on our faces, it was the perfect way to end a good but tiring day of rain and walking.