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VISIT TO EXBURY GARDENS, NEAR BEAULIEU - Sunday 11 May 2003

Thirty-two cars and eighty people enjoyed a visit to Exbury, despite a prolonged shower in the middle of the day. Some arrived early and had a walk through the spectacular azaleas in the wood before the rain started. Picnics were continued despite the rain, under umbrellas, in the best British 'stiff upper lip' manner and further walks were taken, with the flowers being particularly exuberant around the ponds. The ponds contained carp, some nearly two feet long. For those who stayed on, the late afternoon was bathed in sunshine and there were bargains to be had at the garden centre.

Dick Lees - Section STO, and BW for the day


Exbury House   Exbury Gardens
The magnificent home of Edmund Rothschild, owner of Exbury.   The floral displays of the gardens are at their best at this time of year.
Picnic in the rain   Dick Lees at Exbury
Simon Buck, Andrew Honour and company sparkle undeterred by the lack of sunshine. Photos: Ian Burt   Dick Lees, BW for the day, puts on a brave face for the camera.
Photo: Sally Lees