Friday, February 11, 2022

On Friday

 A miscellany of things for Friday.

1.  Growing in both garden and conservatory.   

Outside in the little Spring flower 'garden' under the kitchen window the Snowdrops, Grape Hyacinths and Primroses are in flower.  The Winter Aconites aren't.  We had a plant about three years ago but last year it didn't appear so late last year we bought bulbs and planted them.  They were protected by the old oven shelf you see to the left of the photo with all the tent pegs which held it down and still the squirrels managed to get to the bulbs.  We noticed one morning that the shelf had been moved and that the squirrels or perhaps just one of them had somehow got underneath.  You have to admire their ingenuity and dexterity but as you can imagine I'm quite miffed about it.   I just hope they enjoyed munching on them.  You can see one little leaf which is perhaps from the original plant just showing through.

In the conservatory there are little green shoots, Tomatoes, Radishes, Chard and Cress.  

2.  Year of the Tiger

We visited Biddulph Grange Gardens on Monday and found in the Chinese Garden the lovely red lanterns hanging from the trees.  It's the year of the Tiger and I was born in a Tiger year.

We had the place to ourselves for ages.  Obviously a  Monday morning in February is a quiet time to visit.  The weather was okay but by the time we left there was damp and drizzle in the air.

3.  Fossils in Mr Bateman's Geology Gallery at Biddulph Grange.

I just love these - the shapes, the textures, the sheer age of them.  A great deal of work has been done over the last few years to conserve and/or replace many of the fossils in the wall of the long gallery.  I know I've blogged about this space before but I can't find the links to those posts at the moment.  If I find them I'll add them here.

4.  Water birds at Westport Lake.

On the main lake there were Geese, Swans, Black Headed gulls, Coots and Moorhens.

Along the paths in the wooded area by the stream, where we always go to see if we can spot a Kingfisher, there were loads of Scarlet Elf Cups.  Elves lead me on to....

5. Fairies - there are three new ones at Trentham Gardens.  They were installed earlier this week and are called 'The Fledglings.'  When the sun came out this morning we decided that, as a wet weekend has been forecast, another walk would be just the thing. 

The new fairies were a bonus spotted right at the end of our walk.

All for now.  Take Care. 

Thursday, February 03, 2022

A Snowdrop Walk

Yesterday we decided to drive the few miles from here to Ashbourne and then just that little bit further to Hopton Hall in the village of Carsington.

It was a little early as the snowdrops were just in bud and were exepected to be at their best next week but it was a joy to see them. So lovely to walk along the trail and into the walled garden too.  There seemed to be only us there plus one other couple with whom we stopped for a chat along the way.  They were visiting from the South West. 

 It was so good to be out in the fresh air.  I'll let the photos take over.



We sat with a warm drink from the outside catering area.  Overlooking the Ha Ha and the row of trees above.  The air was cold and dry and all was peaceful.

I'm so glad we made the effort to visit.