Welcome, great to see you.
The beautiful village of Shere near Guildford in Surrey has recently celebrated its 39th Open Gardens to raise money for local charitable causes, not part of the NGS scheme. Once the admission fee has been paid, you're given a colourful map showing the 30 plus properties around the village bracing themselves for visitors. Tea and cakes were available at the Parish Hall or there was Pimms in The Pound by the river. You have to crack on if you want to see all on offer as you've only got 4 hours, miles will be trod up and down the roads but it will definitely be worth it especially if you have a pub lunch to bolster you upbefore you start!
Here's just a few (!) photos, the best of my photos rather than the best gardens as each one was delightful in its own unique way. Some were huge, others a small yard with planted pots but all beautifully adorned.
You know when you see the bus shelter covered in paper sunflowers by the Brownies, it's going to be good.
On the edge of the village are two fantastic gardens full of water which were part of the old Netley Mill and Mill House.
As well as the great planting, there were views over the village from inside the gardens. Wherever you went, you could really appreciate what a glorious place it is.
Other properties had unusual features, this window made me think of Romeo and Juliet.
Other places had a secret - as well as a pretty front garden . . .
. . . there's a river running by at the back.
This neat and tidy family garden on a slope with a trampoline, had a great view of the pitched roofs and the church.
The last property really was spectacular with fantastic views over the North Downs as well as glorious plants.
If you're nearby next year for the 40th, I'd definitely recommend it.
I must go back on a quieter day and have another look round at the houses. It's not surprising that the film crews can be seen from time to time.
You might have noticed that I haven't shown you our garden for a while . . .!