High up above the town of Amalfi
, is Ravello
These photographs (that I took with my own fair little hands, with Mr. Home's camera that our daughter bought him for Christmas. He didn't get his hands on it for the majority of the holiday !!!!!) are of The Gardens of Villa Cimbrone
and Villa Rufolo
This is Villa Rufolo.Much of the remaining parts of the Villa were rescued by Scottish Industrialist (we poke our noses in everywhere!!!!) Francis Neville Reid, who owned the Villa at the turn of the twentieth century. It now hosts the Fondazione Ravello, The Ravello Music Festival, which was on when we were there.
is in abundance, something that we can only grow in the greenhouse
or conservatory here in England.
Stunning views, everywhere you go ( obviously after great long walks UPWARDS!!!!)
You are going to see lots and lots of iron gates and terracotta
pots with flowers....I took a lot of those......lots and lots......actually...lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots!!!!
This is the entrance to The Gardens of Villa Cimbrone......don't you just love that weathered grey gate ?
These gardens belonged, in Roman times,to the noble Acconciajoco
family, then to the enormously wealthy Fusco
family. At the end of the nineteenth century, the estate, by then sadly abandoned, was discovered by a well known and educated English traveller, Ernest William Beckett, Lord Grimthorpe
.( Us English get everywhere!!!). He was from a group of intellectuals who made the Grand Tour and had come to Ravello
to recover from depression after the early death of his beloved wife.This magical place gave him so much pleasure and intense happiness, that he bought the estate in 1904, determined to bring it back to life., which he did with the help of English architects and landscape gardeners such as Harold Peto
, Edwin Lutyens
and Gertrude Jekyll.
Well.......what can I say...I think that photography must be in my blood !!!! My husband is never getting his camera back now !!!!
Another good one, I think......not that I'm boasting or anything.!!!!!
This is the crypt, modelled on the Fountain Abbey of Malton
in Yorkshire, England.
Although it looks medieval, it was built between 1907 and 1911 and became one of the meeting places of London's Bloomsbury Group.
Oh, it's tough being soooo talented
Wouldn't you just love this as the entrance to your garden ?
Beautiful.........perhaps it wouldn't look so good in Hertfordshire
I want these terracotta
pots.......but I think they cost a pretty penny.
WOW.......even bigger pots (and more iron gates...you aint
seen nothing yet!!!!)
Swoon.....not only from this delightful gate and geraniums, but am very hot now and have walked up what seemed like the face of the EIGER
...and I need a drink.
I think that this is the entrance to the hotel that costs mega bucks and you get 'coptered
in ......as you can imagine, we didn't stay there !!!!!!
Another arty farty
one from my portfolio!!!!!!
Sorry....had to tarry awhile, as we have just walked UP again and are now at the top!!!
Well, I think that this is my piece de
resistance...what do you think ? Shall I start saving for a mega camera with telephoto lens ????
More of the gardens..this is a well...by now I had reached the point of possibly jumping in it, I was so upwardly challenged !!!!!
I've jumped in it !!!!
Love the lamp, love the arched windows, love the leaves. love the walls ,love it all !!!
Thought a little sustenance
was in order and possible a little glass........
.........oh, looks like this one's nearly finished. Let's open another bottle.....
...yep.....that's right....keep pouring......up to the rim.....I'm going to need it...I've got to walk all the way down again soon. !!!!!!
Gootbey to Raveollooooo.......beeeuutifll coastline...fandabby dosey grdnssssss.....
think I might have drunk a bit too much wine so I'm signing off now and we will be sauntering down to Amalfi town, the next time we visit Italy.....HIC Hic hic.....
P.S. I'm only joking when I say that I think my photos are good and that I'm soooo talented....it's just my humour.........some of them are pretty out of focus!!!!