We had a lovely walk around the lake at Trentham this morning. It was very cold, slightly slippy and crisp underfoot. The winter sun was blazing behind the trees and everything looked stunning in the frosty, morning light.
The lake was almost all frozen over. The birds were all together in the still watery bits around the edges. Below are some more of the photos I took.
The willow snowdrops are new in the garden
You can see the area that is roped off at the moment as this part of the garden is being restored to how it was when it was first designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown (1716 - 1783). This is in preparation for the 300th Anniversary of his birth in 2016. Capability Brown worked on the landscape at Trentham between 1759 and 1780. We are hoping to join a tour later in the year which will explain more about what is planned so I'll write more about it then.
We stopped for a break at the far end of the lake and had a steaming hot chocolate at the Lakeside cafe. It came in handy for warming my fingers which had got very cold on the way round as I kept taking off my gloves to take photos.
This young heron was just sitting at the side of the lake and didn't seem to mind all the people taking photos of him or her. I love the way he was using one leg. I always think herons look quite prehistoric in their strangeness.
Robins always seem happy to pose for a photo too
A new tree sculpture called Diving Otters
Lastly, not a willow snowdrop but a real one - I don't think I've ever seen them in December before. I actually took this photo at Trentham on Christmas Eve a couple of days before the snow came down and the frosts set in. I didn't see it today! Maybe it was still there under the snow. We can hope it is.
All my very best wishes for a Happy New Year.