Friday, May 14, 2021

To the Gardens

I know I said that my next post would be about our walk at Westport Lake on Monday but I felt I had to share photos taken on Wednesday when we visited Trentham Gardens and Lake for the first time in months.  We walked around the lake spotting many young waterbirds and other wildlife too.  We stopped at the cafe at the end of the lake for a coffee and then walked back towards the formal gardens.

                                                 The Lakeside Walk

View across the lake

Grey Squirrel - it was quite happy to pose.

Greylag Goose family

 Black Swan - there were five last year two parents and three young.  We only saw three this time but the others could have been hidden from view somewhere around the lake.

Wild  Rabbit on the banks of the River Trent which runs through the gardens.  We could see signs of a warren on the other side of the river.

 Male Mandarin Duck - there were three male ducks and one female perhaps others were on nests,  I think these ducks nest in nearby trees.

The little tents or garden gazebos can be hired along with a picnic or afternoon tea for a socially distanced party. 

The many tulips, which are part of the Spring Flower Festival, were absolutely gorgeous, so many colours and varieties.  It was too hard to choose a favourite.  Although the cream coloured ones below were beautiful, as were the purple and pink ones.


The colour combinations were wonderful.







Apologies for the picture overload.  
 

Have a good weekend.

 

20 comments:

  1. No need to apologise for "overloading" us with such colourful photos, especially on such a gloomy day as we're having here.

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    1. Thank you John, it has been gloomy lately, rain and more rain. It's good to see some bright colours:)

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  2. The tulips are a particular delight.

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    1. Thank you William, they are rather appealing aren't they?:)

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  3. No need to apologise and I can imagine sitting on that green seat and drinking it all in. The tulips are gorgeous (love the black ones) and to think I have some pink ones in a vase, but I'd already worked out they were probably imported. My granddaughter gave them to me for Mothers Day. Did you know that our black swans actually mate for life & suffer terribly when one of them dies. Thanks for sharing, take care, stays & hugs from a wet, cold down under.

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    1. Thank you Susan, lovely to have tulips for Mother's day. The dark ones looked wonderful set against the pale and delicae ones, all the colour combinations were stunning. Take care:)

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous! Just what I'd expect from a visit to Trentham! You must have been thrilled to be back again. 😊

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    1. Thank you Karen, flowers and birds were very much on offer,plus the lovely walk of course, it was nice to go back again:)

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  5. So pleased you have been able to visit Trentham after such a long gap. The tulips are just wonderful and all your photos lovey so please don't apologise (can never see enough of your photos :) ) Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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    1. It was good to go back, there were quite a few people but they had a good one way system around the lake so everyone was going the same way except two women who seemed oblivious to the guidlines and kept walking towards everyone - they were in deep discussion and didn't notice they were going the wrong way. Hope you too have a lovely weekend:)

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  6. Oh! This was lovely Rosie! The squirrel photo would look great made into a greetings card. Wasn't the weather wonderful too? The garden gazebos look like a good idea especially if the weather isn't too good. Hope you are having a good weekend. :)

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    1. Thank you Simone. The squirrel was rally cute, Paul got a better photo than I did, yes it would make a nice card. The gazebos are a good idea for a family celebration of some kind. Hope you had a lovely weekend:)

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  7. Wonderful all, but oh those wee little fluffy geese babies!!!!!

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    1. Thank you, the goslings are cute, I hope you are enjoying your 'pause':)

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  8. What a lovely walk, how cute are the goslings and the rabbit!

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    1. Thank you Pam, yes they are cute - there were lots of young water birds around the lake:)

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  9. Thank you for taking us along on your walk! So pretty. Wish I had a place to walk around like that. It would help keep me motivated. I was doing well with walking daily, then feel off the wagon again. It's been 5 days since I've had a good walk. Must get going again.
    Sandy's Space

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    1. Thank you Sandy, I'm glad you enjoyed the walk. I too have been struggling to take a decent walk over the past four days we've had rain and more rain and I'm not keen on walking in it:)

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  10. I really must visit those gardens...I do mean to, hopefully I can take my mum when the weather warms up a bit xx

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    1. It is lovely at the moment and will be late summer with the Piet Oudolf gardens. You have to book a time slot and follow a one way system. Not sure when this will all go back to normal but still worth a visit when you can:)

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