A couple of weeks ago, in a feature about Britain's best views, the Guardian newspaper included this glimpse of Rievaulx Abbey, near Helmsley, in North Yorkshire. It just happened to be part of a walk that marked the end, for us, of this year's National Trust membership. Our Trusty tickets, that have accompanied us on antiquing trips for a year, are now defunct.
Rievaulx Terrace offers a wonderful promenade between two picturesque temples, with wonderful views of the Abbey below. Today the 18th century landscaped gardens are dotted with twiggy sculptures.
Inside the Ionic Temple is a beautiful banqueting hall with a decorated ceiling.
The miniature pomegranate tree is one of a pair made from papier mache, standing in priceless Chinese pots. Fabulous!
Of course, our camera's shutters will not be stilled. What shall we join now? English Heritage, The Landmark Trust, The Art Fund? Watch this space...