Mt Edgecumbe Gardens

Jan Leeming

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Date: 23rd May 2009

Then I moved on down to friends in Devon who live in the quaint and lovely village of Kingsand almost merging with Cawsand and bordering a small and picturesque cove dotted with yachts.  We took the dogs for another long walk in the Mt. Edgecumbe Estate.  Parking at the top end we made our way down through the woods to the  formal gardens leading right down to the water's edge and  which are an absolute delight.  We stopped for a cup of tea, admired the fountain and another formal garden and let the dogs rest.

The encumbent Lord Edgecumbe is a New Zealander who inherited the estate and little else. He has given the estate to Plymouth Council and I have to say they've done a superb job of renovating and preserving the gardens.  It was lovely to see so many families enjoying themselves - many of the children playing among the rocks at the sea's edge and others having picnics by the lake.

Unfortunately, as is often the case, Bank Holiday Monday weather was not the best but we still went for a walk with the dogs to Rame Head - a peninsular which reminded me of Tintagel in Cornwall.  Then we visited Rame Church - very old and rather sinister looking on the outside but with a very interesting interior.  It has no electricity and at Christmas - with the whole church lit by candles - there's standing room only for the Christmas Eve Service.

This picture was taken with Tinkerbell and Gregory in the Mt. Edgecumbe 'Pet Cemetery' Garden.  There are such loving and sweet words carved into the Stone Memorials of pets who've been owned by the Edgecumbes over the centuries.  Two of my beloved poodles are buried on a hillside in Buckinghamshire on land belonging to a friend - they've no stone tablet but they are together and at rest in a beautiful part of the world.


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