Early February and another gorgeous day, so we decided to take a look around Sizergh, a National Trust Estate in Cumbria. We visit here often and in all seasons. It always looks so different during each season and varying weather.
Today we were pleasantly rewarded with the sight of first snowdrops and aconites enjoying the winter sunshine and bursting into bloom. There’s always something special about seeing clusters of snowdrops when we’re still in winter time: there’s a sudden brightness after all the cold, dark and dull days. The bright yellow of the aconites look like they reflect the sun in the sky too: they almost sing out that we’re approaching warmer, longer days. That spring is nearing.
The grounds looked beautiful as we approached the castle this morning. We had a walk through the fields belonging to the estate.
On our way around we spotted the first snowdrops, basking in the sunshine, in full bloom.
Much to our delight, we came across a snowdrop walk in the woodlands… and we found aconites on the woody slopes too!
Then out of the woodlands and down by the pond, we spotted a few more things…
Beautiful views towards the castle, dark winter trees and water silhouetted against the bright blue skies.
Willows bursting into bloom: another sign that spring is near and this scene will look so much different on our next visit.
And then the swans, busy feeding hungrily in the freezing cold waters, which had been coated in layers of thin ice earlier.
The pathway led us back into the lovely countryside again and then of course, we had to finish off with the obligatory hot drinks at the cafe to warm ourselves up again.