Good morning, everyone. After a lovely day yesterday, it seems to be dry again today so fingers are crossed for more sunshine.
Well, there's no way I can claim that yesterday was a lazy day. It was a very pleasant day but lazy? Not a chance.
I set off for Hyde Hall feeling very 'country' in my walking shoes and hand knit Aran jumper, carrying my backpack containing a flask of soup and some smoked salmon pate!! Oh, and wearing sunglasses as a finishing touch!
As it was half term, there were loads of families there - mums and children, grandparents and children, not so many dads, all having a marvellous time. At the beginning of February there had been a 'make a scarecrow' day and all the creations were assembled on the hill. A bit spooky really, as in the Family of Blood from Doctor Who or, less engagingly, the scene near the end of the movie, Spartacus. I'm not going into any more details on that one!
For a winter month, there was a lot going on, plant wise. Loads of colour and new growth and I had a lovely wander around the path, up the hill and in and out of the different areas, taking stacks of photos as I did so.
Here are some . . .
And here's some photos of the non-plant things.
Sorry for all the photos!
It looks lovely and sunny and it was but, being on top of a hill, it was chillingly cold in the wind. However, I managed to find a sheltered spot in the sun and enjoyed the first picnic of the year - sittng on a slightly damp bench!
I also found the bus stop and now need to find out how it all works as it looked like a diversion from the usual route. I shall ask at the bus station next time I'm that way because it's very close to the car park so, if I used the bus, it would be a lovely free day out for me.
Once home, I had a coffee with Beth and then went out the back to start getting some order into my disgracefully messy back garden. I did about two hours' worth of work before deciding enough was enough and coming back in. I won't start showing any garden photos yet, but exciting things are happening underneath all the mess. Nice.
Today, this morning, I have the only tuition of the week and it is first thing, which suits me fine. Then I have some paperwork to do and, weather permitting, I want to get back out into the garden again. I'm tired of looking at mess!
I should burn plenty of calories, that's for sure. :-)
Lovely photos and good luck with the gardenReplyDelete
Thanks - It should look a lot better by the end of next week, doing just a bit each day.Delete
What a lovely outing you had and enjoy the gardening. XReplyDelete
It was great, thank youi; I always love Hyde Hall.Delete
I am sure I will enjoy the pottering. It's not a large space at all.
I love the hare carving! Your Doctor Who comment made me laugh ... and I can vividly picture the scene - you were safe as long as they didn't start moving!ReplyDelete
I need to get out and start tidying my garden. I'm aiming for 30 minutes at a time rather than knocking myself out by trying to do too much at once. It is fun to discover the new growth though, isn't it. Will you be starting on the allotment soon as well?
They were pretty scary in a 'safe' sort of way when they did, weren't they?Delete
Yes, I want to get my own patch sorted first and then it's ho! for the allotment. Plenty of fresh air and lots of exercise.
I think rationing it out is a good strategy. After all, if one the feels one can do more, then fine, but the sense of achioevement is there anyway. And you can get a lot done in half an hour of solid work.