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Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

It's time for the annual Open Gardens in Eye, and as we haven't been for ages we decide to give it a look. This year, there's a cool 1949 Bristol coach - restored and rebuilt by the owner/driver - which is doing the rounds of some of the more far-flung gardens, which includes Abbey Hall, where we decide to start from. It's always surprising how impressive some of the gardens are, especially the ones that look quite modest from the street. There was one house with a garden that seemed to stretch for about half a mile behind it, whilst another highlight was Chandos Lodge - once the home of internationally-famous dancer and choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton.

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There's a vintage coach by the bus stop, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

There's a vintage coach by the bus stop

Isobel runs to catch the bus, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

Isobel runs to catch the bus

We're on a 1949 Bristol coach, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

We're on a 1949 Bristol coach

We start at Abbey Hall, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

We start at Abbey Hall

The owner's wife's 'Habitat' collection, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

The owner's wife's 'Habitat' collection

The view of the church from Abbey Hall, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

The view of the church from Abbey Hall

A stripey and spotty caterpillar , Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

A stripey and spotty caterpillar

The owners takes us on a tour of the grounds, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

The owners takes us on a tour of the grounds

An impressive allium of some sort, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

An impressive allium of some sort

There are a lot of nice roses along the wall, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

There are a lot of nice roses along the wall

Doors made especially for the hinges, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

Doors made especially for the hinges

Abbey Hall from across the pond, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

Abbey Hall from across the pond

The vintage coach creeps up the drive , Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

The vintage coach creeps up the drive

The stop/start house rebuild is on again, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

The stop/start house rebuild is on again

It's a summer of dog daisies, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

It's a summer of dog daisies

We check out a garden on Lowgate Street, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

We check out a garden on Lowgate Street

More daisies, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

More daisies

There are a lot of random windows in this house, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

There are a lot of random windows in this house

There's a bric-a-brac sale in Eye Town Hall, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

There's a bric-a-brac sale in Eye Town Hall

We have a cream tea, but without the cream, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

We have a cream tea, but without the cream

We're checking out another garden, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

We're checking out another garden

The coach is waiting on Lambseth Street, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

The coach is waiting on Lambseth Street

There's an amazing garden near the allotments, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

There's an amazing garden near the allotments

A giant house, that looks modest from the street, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

A giant house, that looks modest from the street

The Eye allotments, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

The Eye allotments

Being inventive with a half-bath wheelbarrow, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

Being inventive with a half-bath wheelbarrow

A lone chicken roams around, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

A lone chicken roams around

Chandos Place - Frederick Ashton's old pad, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

Chandos Place - Frederick Ashton's old pad

Ballet dancers in stained glass, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

Ballet dancers in stained glass

A statue of a dancer by the pond, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

A statue of a dancer by the pond

Frederick Ashton's own topiary, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

Frederick Ashton's own topiary

There's another statue of a dancer, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

There's another statue of a dancer

Pink foxgloves against a powder-blue wall, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

Pink foxgloves against a powder-blue wall

A felting room, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

A felting room

Isobel explores another garden, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

Isobel explores another garden

Eye church has a major scaffolding job on, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

Eye church has a major scaffolding job on

More scaffolding behind the fancy rood screen, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

More scaffolding behind the fancy rood screen

Scaffolding and stained glass, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

Scaffolding and stained glass

The school and guildhall, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

The school and guildhall

Bright orange quatrofoils, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

Bright orange quatrofoils

There's a 'yard sale' outside Studio 37, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

There's a 'yard sale' outside Studio 37

Isobel wanders up a secret alley, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

Isobel wanders up a secret alley

Flowering succulents, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

Flowering succulents

Isobel spots an amazing peony, Open Gardens, Eye, Suffolk - 9th June 2024

Isobel spots an amazing peony

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There's a vintage coach by the bus stop

There's a vintage coach by the bus stop

Isobel runs to catch the bus

We're on a 1949 Bristol coach

We start at Abbey Hall

The owner's wife's 'Habitat' collection

The view of the church from Abbey Hall

A stripey and spotty caterpillar

The owners takes us on a tour of the grounds

An impressive allium of some sort

There are a lot of nice roses along the wall

Doors made especially for the hinges

Abbey Hall from across the pond

The vintage coach creeps up the drive

The stop/start house rebuild is on again

It's a summer of dog daisies

We check out a garden on Lowgate Street

More daisies

There are a lot of random windows in this house

There's a bric-a-brac sale in Eye Town Hall

We have a cream tea, but without the cream

We're checking out another garden

The coach is waiting on Lambseth Street

There's an amazing garden near the allotments

A giant house, that looks modest from the street

The Eye allotments

Being inventive with a half-bath wheelbarrow

A lone chicken roams around

Chandos Place - Frederick Ashton's old pad

Ballet dancers in stained glass

A statue of a dancer by the pond

Frederick Ashton's own topiary

There's another statue of a dancer

Pink foxgloves against a powder-blue wall

A felting room

Isobel explores another garden

Eye church has a major scaffolding job on

More scaffolding behind the fancy rood screen

Scaffolding and stained glass

The school and guildhall

Bright orange quatrofoils

There's a 'yard sale' outside Studio 37

Isobel wanders up a secret alley

Flowering succulents

Isobel spots an amazing peony