After such relentless wet and windy weather throughout the whole of winter so far, to have two or three sunny days in ONE WEEK, is really very special. I find it almost impossible to stay indoors when it is so bright and sunny outside, so Tilly and I were off and out this morning, for another tramp around the fields.
As it was such a lovely morning I thought it would make a good outing to walk across the fields to Smeaton, a lovely garden nursery set within a walled garden, with an excellent cafe, and of course, cake. We slid, splashed, slithered and squelched our way along the saturated field margins, stopping a few times to tune in to the song of the larks, high in the blue above. They were enjoying the good weather too!
The Smeaton Estate has a walk around a small lake, and the woodland beyond, at the moment, is full of snowdrops. They are a joy to see!
And then on to the garden nursery, which was looking wonderful with delicious hellebores, witch hazels in bloom, a carpet of colourful polyanthus and all sorts of lovely things.
Tilly and I sat outside in the sunshine, while I enjoyed a mug of hot chocolate and we tucked into a large slice of Victoria sponge. I didn't just share it with Tilly, a cheeky little robin came and scoffed a few cake crumbs from the plate, inches away from me!
I think I might have to go back to the nursery and buy one of these hellebores. Looking at them again, here, I think they are rather irresistible!