The woodland trail was a delight to see and full of weird and wonderful wildlife and so peaceful. Trees were abundant with hanging bird feeders, even the hedgehogs had their own little houses. What was so beautiful were the banks of snowdrops lining the paths and under trees. I've never seen so many and were told that over 200 varieties span the gardens. Close on their tails are the tiny shoots of bluebells just popping out of the ground.
This time of year you would not expect to see much colour but this was not the case. Many of the hundreds of colourful evergreen shrubs included the Tibetan Cherry and Scarlet Willow.
I've no idea what this is but it was so pretty. If anyone has any ideas I'd love to know.
A walk to the working old Lode Mill was quite a treat. Along the way we found a copse of very eerie looking Himalayan Silver Birches which the man at the mill told us they are jet washed annually to keep up their appearance!
Records show that a watermill was on this site dating back to around 1086 and recorded in the Domesday Book. The present structure dates from the eighteenth century and although the structure and use of the mill has undergone a few changes it has been restored with the help of the Cambridgeshire Wind and Watermill Society to the picturesque Mill it is today.
On the way back to the main garden areas we were surprised to see this Redwood Tree that had twice been struck by lightning, hence its odd shape.
There are gardens for all seasons and another couple of visits are a must, especially in the Spring when the house will be open too and where the scent of over 4,000 hyacinths can be found in the more formal gardens. Summer too is supposed to be wonderful with displays of irises, lupins, delphiniums and salvias in the Herbaceous Border.
A lovely day out and a cheerful thought that Spring is definitely on its way.