Having seen from the local weather forecast that Tuesday and Wednesday were going to be the better and least wet of the days this week we decided that as it was February we would seek out some snowdrops.
It was a bright, sunny day yesterday so we set off to our nearest place for snowdrops, other than the woodlands, Rode Hall which is north of the city and just over the county border in Cheshire
The statue in the formal garden was dancing with the joys of what felt like a spring morning.
Yes, we did find snowdrops - lots of them - but they are so hard to photograph aren't they?
I think this one took several attempts before I could reach any kind of clarity.
Even with mirrors placed underneath to reflect back the hidden, secretive inners of the flowers.
We walked down the path to Rode Pool
Down there we also found daffodils and crocus - so lovely to see and so cheerful too
Under the trees were spring flowering cyclamen is various shades of pink
I'm always drawn to taking photos of doors and gates and there are plenty here to choose from
Over the gate was the path below
The walled kitchen garden was open
I love walled gardens even at this time of year there is plenty to gladden the eye.
We found many hellebores too and again the gardeners had placed a small mirror tile so that you could see under the drooping heads of the flowers.
As well as the walled garden the other interesting area for me is the ruin of the old Tenants Hall.
The plant below was at the top of the old hall and its scent wafted all over
Apparently it is called Daphne Bholua Jacqueline Postill. The queues for the cafe were quite long so after visiting the ice house and then looking at an interesting and colourful art exhibition in the stables we drove the short distance to the local church of All Saints at Scholar Green.
From the car park over the road from the church was a lovely, sunny view of Mow Cop, a place I've written about in several posts.
Inside the church was quiet and the church ladies were serving wonderful tea or coffee and cakes as well as selling home made preserves.
Our cups of coffee and chocolate and orange cake were very tasty and very welcome after a morning out in the fresh air.
Well, we did find snowdrops and much more too on such a lovely sunny day in February