On Monday morning we walked around the lake at Trentham. It was quite early and very quiet and peaceful.
The little robin posed for ages so we could take his photo
Further round the lake the male Mandarin duck was showing off in the water
whilst his lady friend stayed on the jetty, quite unimpressed by his cavorting.
It was so still with just sprinkling of damp in the air - it was too light to label as rain more like spits and spots.
There were many swans on the lake and also quite a few on the lakeside fluffing up their feathers and performing their early morning ablutions.
The light over the lake was stunning and the water was still
Members of the U3A were out in their rowing boat gliding silently up and down the lake.
There were loads of little birds in the trees, we saw tree creepers, nuthatches and long tailed tits all too quick and agile to photograph easily
Up above we could hear the woodpeckers tapping and calling to each other and we saw two pairs of them flying joyfully over the tree tops and swooping back down to the echo of more loud tapping. Again they were too quick to spot easily let alone photograph.
In the gardens the signs of spring were appearing with swathes of daffodils across the grassy areas
and more formally each pot along the terrace was planted with their bright flowers
Such a cheering sight