Platter night at The Lime Tree

The conversation and the wine were both flowing at The Lime Tree last night as eight of us got together for a lovely meal.

Gail Allen, Kathy Merrett and Val Puddiphatt
Gail Allen, Kathy Merrett and Val Puddiphatt

It was ‘Platter Night’ meaning we each had a choice of a Fishy Platter, Meaty Platter or Veggie Platter. We tried them all – accompanied by loads of delicious focaccia bread.

Wendy Allen and Hilary Elliff
Wendy Allen and Hilary Elliff
Janet Harrison, Pamela Roebuck and Gail Allen
Janet Harrison, Pamela Roebuck and Gail Allen

A splendid morning at Tremenheere

The weather was definitely in our favour this morning as a group of us were treated to a wonderful tour of Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, led by Dr Neil Armstrong, creator of the gardens. What we’d thought was going to be a rainy day turned into an absolutely perfect one.

Dorothy Oliver and Kathy Merrett.
Dorothy Oliver and Kathy Merrett.

Most of you will probably remember Neil’s talk to our group last October. We were so inspired by what he had to say and were delighted when he offered to give us a tour.

Sue Knights, Ruby, Jane Twose and Pam Smith listen to Neil Armstrong talking about the Skyspace.
Sue Knights, Ruby, Jane Twose and Pam Smith listen to Neil Armstrong talking about the Skyspace.

Neil led us along tranquil paths around ponds overhung with ferns, through an exotic woodland of palms and bamboos that felt almost like a jungle and emerging onto arid slopes with breathtaking views over to St Michael’s Mount.

Dappled sun on Seymour Tremenheere's bridge (which bears his intitials and the date 1849).
Dappled sun on Seymour Tremenheere’s bridge (which bears his intitials and the date 1849).

All the while he pointed out unusual plants, running through their names faster than my brain could keep up with!

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Nestled at various spots throughout the garden are spectacular sculptures and works of art, spaced as Neil explained to us, “randomly, but evenly”. We saw James Turrell’s wonderful Skyspace, the beautiful ‘Black Mound’ charred oak piece by David Nash and two pieces by the very talented Kishio Suga.

Tim Shaw's 'Minotaur' - new this year.
Tim Shaw’s ‘Minotaur’ – new this year.

We were told about a new sculpture which will be arriving tomorrow – a highly-polished silver skip! It will be placed near the entrance to the gardens. “People can make up their own minds about it,” said Neil. You read it here first!

After our tour, we sat outside in the glorious sunshine and had lunch at The Lime Tree Cafe. Over delicious plates of food, we talked about morning and how much we’d appreciated Neil sharing with us his incredible passion for the gardens. If you haven’t yet been, you’re missing out on something very special!

Jane Twose, Tracy (Pam Smith's sister) and Pam Smith enjoy the sunshine.
Jane Twose, Tracy (Pam Smith’s sister) and Pam Smith enjoy the sunshine.

See more photos of our day here.

Coffee Beans!

The first ever meeting of what’s now know as ‘Coffee Beans’ was held this morning at The Lime Tree at Tremenheere, and it was a great success!

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We hope this will become a casual monthly meet-up for anyone who’d like a chat over a good cup of coffee. Our aim is to visit a different independent café on the second Friday of each month.

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Come and join us next time at Scarlet Wines in Lelant at 10:30am on Friday 14 June!