Regular HDYGG-ers will know that I often share photos from local Exbury Gardens. The Gardens close over Winter and have just re-opened for 2017. Monday, when they opened was a wet and rather dreary day and truth be told I did sulk a little about that. But fortune favours the sulkers and on Tuesday I awoke to blue skies and sunshine. I knew exactly where I needed to go!
One of the great things about the New Forest is that there are so many places to walk and explore with children. In this post I'm sharing some tips for making the most of walking in the New Forest with kids, along with some advice on motivating those who are less keen to walk!
We were invited to visit by our friends at Comic Relief, to see how some of the money raised by Red Nose Day is used in our local community. In previous years I've shared many stories from projects in Africa, but only 50% of money raised goes on to fund projects abroad, the other 50% is spent here in the UK supporting local charities. Did you know that wherever you live in the UK, the chances are there's a good cause within 30 miles form you that receives support from Comic Relief.
Blue skies! Huzzah! There have been fleeting flashes of blue skies this week and I've been loving it. True to our stereotypical Britishness 90% of my social timelines have been filled with people talking about 'loving the sunshine', accompanied by the obligatory photos of mugs of tea being held in the garden.
Helleborrrrrrrrres! The first pinks are showing! I must admit that I *might* have gone a little overboard on taking photos of hellebores at the weekend. Soz. (not really)
"We think the snowdrops here at Welford Park were planted by the Norman monks to decorate their Church for the feast of Candlemas, and also for medicinal use. The monks harvested snowdrops and used to rub them on the temple of people suffering from “mal au tete”. Close to the snowdrop woods we have also found wild aconitum, petasites and mistletoe all of which have strong healing properties."
Butterflies in the Glasshouse at RHS Wisley sees 6,000 exotic butterflies of 50 different varieties flying free around the Tropical Glasshouse.
Starting with some colour there as let's face it, the weather in the UK this week has been bleak. Beautiful, but bleak. A week where my hair literally froze on morning walk, thick fog lasted for three days and we burnt our entire supply of logs.
Sorry for the lack of HDYGG last week, l've been somewhat unmotivated blog-wise, but more on that in another post. I visited my mother at the weekend and enjoyed some time mooching about her garden, no word of a lie when I returned home that night I dreamt of terracotta!
I took a morning walk around Hillier Gardens, crunching through frosty grass on a clear, blue-skied Winters morning. It was one of those feel-good-to-the-core-of-your-soul moments. Especially when I saw these...