Forde Abbey – fountain, flowers and tapestries

Had a great visit to Forde Abbey in Chard, Dorset yesterday. A former Cistercian Monastery, Forde is home to the Mortlake Tapestries (which I especially admired) and had a display of embroidery pieces featuring samplers, petit point and the smallest bead work I have ever seen (no pictures allowed). Outside the beautiful floral borders featured chrysanthemums of various hues and a fountain which is reported to be the second highest in the UK.