Here are my next-door neighbors, practically. I finally got to visit not only the garden, but also the castle itself. Found it grand & pompous. Nothing new here. But at times you really find much more impressive something you weren't expecting in the least. There is a new Surprise Garden by Burghley House, which has all kinds of most delightfully crazy fountains & sculptures, right up my alley.
Walking there made me feel that my crazy ideas (on the other hand sometimes I wonder if they are crazy enough...) have a right to exist & to be put in practice.
How about a fountain so proud of itself that it self-evaluates it & gives itself an exclamation mark? Or the 4 Elements fountains that spit fire, water, green plants that symbolize earth? And my personal favorite: the 'stress-releaser' sculpture - a punching bag hanging from a tree.
Fabulous. This whole walk was a breath of fresh air. Plus, it was sunny & warm, too, for November in the UK.