Sunday was the most glorious day to say it was only 2nd of February! After all the gloomy, wet weather we'd had over the last week it was a real treat to get out and about. We decided to visit Biddulph Grange Gardens, our nearest National Trust property and have a walk round.
I know I've taken you here many times on this blog over the years and we've visited in all seasons but I'd never been at this time of year.
There were quite a few changes to notice on this visit, not least the new entrance and reception area which I didn't photograph. The cafe has been extended into the former reception area next to the shop.
What struck me was how tidy the gardens were. All the hedges neatly cut and the beds dug and mulched ready for planting.
There were many gardeners hard at work whilst we were there. I'm guessing that most are volunteers.
The upturned root walks were still there
As was the Chinese Garden
which always looks beautiful in any weather but somehow glints and glistens in the brightness of the sun.
I always tap the little bells as I go along
Inside the tunnel the path through to the ice house had been opened up but I didn't go round as there was quite a deep puddle and I didn't want to get my feet wet. We'd left the wellies in the car!
There is also a new area opened up across the little bridge
The monkey puzzle trees looked wonderful in the sunlight with the blue sky behind them
I always like this little house and it was great to find out that the room upstairs was open with a photographic exhibition about the house as it was before the fire of 1896 destroyed quite a lot of it.
We walked for an hour or so, there weren't many other visitors with it being so early in the season.
It was just so nice to get out walking in the fresh air, to see the sun and to find some of these.......
Since our visit we've had vast amounts of rain and howling wind but nothing near as bad as those of you who live further south - it sometimes feels as if one day this island will become almost completely inundated and float away or most certainly change shape as it did many thousands of years ago or does that seem quite fanciful? Anyway to the moving more and eating less - still operating portion control and we've managed three walks this week around the rain. A walk at Consall Country Park, a walk around the lake at Trentham Gardens and this one around Biddulph Grange. I keep saying as soon as the weather improves I'm sure we'll walk more ........ eventually!