On a walk this week around Winterthur gardens, I decided to take "the path less traveled" to areas beyond the meadows I usually skirt. After passing the Neoclassical Folly, which stood out in the late afternoon sun in a field which looked much more interesting and green than it had in April, I found a sign saying "Brown's Woods, 1/2 mile walk." Not bad, right? (Photos:Neoclassical Folly in March, then in October)
It may have been a half mile for someone who was sure which fork to take in the woods, but not for this first time woods explorer. I ended up walking 1 1/2 hours, rather than my usual 45 minute stroll from the visitor center. And I wasn't entirely alone. Large "clunk, rustle" in the woods and a white tail I took to be a deer scampered away.
I walked so long that the museum doors were locked and I had to climb up several sets of garden stairs and around the conservatory end of the museum. The good news: milkweed pods look spooky in the late afternoon light (photo).
But, I eventually found my way back to the visitor center before dark, and in time for a lecture on Wentworth Woodhouse, an enormous private estate in England. (sorry, a bit of a snooze watching slides in the dark).
Reporting on Older and Historic Homes, as well as historic sites, it's Carolyn Roland, Your Older and Historic Homes Resource in Delaware and Southern Chester County, Pennsylvania.