One of Claude Monet's best known paintings is "Water lilies and the Japanese bridge". He spent the last thirty years of his life creating 250 paintings of water lilies from his garden. These paintings are now on display in many museums and art galleries around the world. Have you seen any of these paintings in these museums or galleries ?
The above however, is not Claude Monet's garden at Giverny in France, but 'Bennett's water gardens in Weymouth' which holds the national and international collection of water lilies. The Monet bridge was created in 1999 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of one of Monet's lily paintings.
It is a beautiful place to visit. There are 8 acres of garden and there always lily plants in bloom from May through to September. It was so peaceful and there were lots of wildlife to see - moorhens, dragon flies and butterflies. It's hard to believe that this was once an industrial area. The ponds were pits created by digging the clay, which was used to make local bricks.
I'm sure Claude Monet would have loved it here - many of the water lilies planted here back in 1959 came from the same nursery in France who supplied Claude Monet.
We have had a wonderful relaxing week off work, catching up with family and friends and enjoying the Dorset and Devon countryside and coast. It's going to be hard going back to work tomorrow!
Welcome to my new followers Maree and Teri, thank you for joining me. Wishing you all a happy week.