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May Daze

The Flâneuse is travelling far and wide this month in search of follies, and the results of her research will appear here very soon. Until she gets home, and gathers her thoughts, here are the highlights of a very recent day in the Cotswolds with members of the Folly Fellowship.

The day began at a familiar landmark – the dramatic bulk of the Broadway Tower. From the top of the late 18th century tower it is said that 13 counties can be seen, but on a hazy morning we weren’t in a position to confirm this story.

The Water Tower in a private garden in the Cotswolds, complete with deer (tame).

Next stop brought us right up-to-date as we toured a private garden full of quirky structures designed and built by the rather talented present owner. His next project is to be a sham ruin so a return visit will soon be needed.

The Rotunda at Ditchley Park in Oxfordshire, complete with deer (wild).

To finish this day of delights there was a walk around the landscape of Ditchley Park, now a conference centre, where a number of elegant 18th century pavilions can be seen. Most lovely of them all is the recently-restored rotunda.

The rotunda seen across the lake.

As well as organising jolly jaunts (and thanks to the team behind this one) the Folly Fellowship also publishes a regular magazine, and you can now consult back issues online. Find out more here

Thank you for reading. Your thoughts are always welcome, please scroll down to the comments box to get in touch.



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5 thoughts on “May Daze”

  1. Sally & Terry Paque says:

    Certainly a great day’s follying with the usual unexpected detours of the countryside – some in convoy, some solo! The weather could have been worse but very chilly for May. Great to catch up with so many interesting FF members & a tasty tea provided by the Talented Mr Godfrey.

    1. Editor says:

      The detours are all part of the fun! And Peter’s teas are the icing on the cake, or should that be the clotted cream on the scone?

      1. Gand says:

        Ice House
        Middle Farm

        Yes the day was a real triumph.

  2. Gand says:

    You are indeed right, Flaneuse. Reflecting on the day, Peter pulled it off.

    1. Editor says:

      It was jolly good folly fun thanks to Peter and our genial host and hostess in the private garden.

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