The approach road to Gibside was closed, the tea-room kitchen being re-fitted, but were we discouraged?
No - the shop provided soup, bread, coffee and shortbread, and we sat under the trees to eat.
We set out on our usual route, along by the river -
and there were flowers by the path -
Our return route took us through the walled garden, where there were other flowers in the same colour; this one was in a vegetable patch, attracting both a bee and a hoverfly -
and this one was under a fruit tree -
Other colours of flowers were available, but I liked these.