After enjoying exploring the inside of the hall followed by some tasty coffees, we took off for a wander around the ‘Mile Walk’, the shortest trail in the parkland.
The sky was continuously changing which was reflected in the weather as illustrated in the two photos below.
We knew there were a few Christmas trees to find out here too.
The tree above was on the grass area within the walled garden where we also noticed these sedum seed heads in the borders. The gardeners working in the woodland areas have created some most original wooden reindeer. Just outside the walled garden near to the bothy we discovered another tree.
As we were enjoying our walk we came across cones from last year’s crop, a mahonia flowering away and giving off a sweet scent and some rose buds fighting the weather and hoping to open up.
We were pleased to see buds forming on trees and shrubs in readiness for spring action. They have delicate beauty and suggest promises for the future in the woodland.
The woodland provided some winter food for wildlife and some colour for us in the berries.