So walking across a different part of Belsay Hall on Saturday Mr. Ray taught us about yet another brilliant European invention. This wall is called a Ha Ha. It gives the illusion from the house that the gardens and adjoining fields are one continuing piece of green land. The Ha Ha was also invented by the Chinese but it was also in Europe before Europeans had any knowledge of Chinese gardens.
Before there were lawn mowers large estates kept their grass trimmed by deer or sheep. I wonder if that would work in Alabama. Grass and weeds sure grow fast there. The Middleton family built these around their estate to keep the sheep trimming the desired places and not allow them to graze the lovely gardens.
The main house at Belsay Hall is connected to the old Castle (former Middleton family residence) by a gorgeous rock quarry garden. The rocks for the new hall were quarried on property and the resulting quarry was turned into an enchanted place. Here is a short slide show of the beautiful walk from the Hall to the Castle.
Ha Ha, don’t spoil the view!