Spring is Bursting Out…. In Snowdrops

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The Snowdrop Woodlands at Hopton Hall, Derbyshire

Mid February, with local temperatures rising to 13c plus, and gorgeous sunshine and blue skies, you could be fooled into thinking that Spring has actually arrived.

May be it is too soon to brag about this wonderful weather..… but certainly not to soon to take a walk through the woods at Hopton Hall. It is a visual feast and a welcome sight after the darker winter days. The woodland is mainly Beech, which despite their lack of leaves,  cast long shadows of the white carpets spread below. So join us for a peaceful stroll…

Hopton Hall dates back to the 1400. It is now in private ownership.  Over the past few years they have restored, and added to, the gardens and woodlands that surround the Hall. Wildlife is being attracted to a number of ponds and a larger lake. The woods look carefully managed.  Apart from the woodland walks through the snowdrops, a Rose Garden with terraces, summer house and topiary is being restored to its former glory.

Even though it is February and the Roses a long long way from flowering, the Rose Garden, in its winter clothes is still well worth exploring (and a note in the Diary  to revisit in July or August)…. and from the Rose Terraces it is a short stroll down to the Lakes.

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So a summer treat to come….but right now in the February sun it is the Snowdrops that are the real treat….

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15th February

(C) David Oakes 2019

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Aptly Named…..

 

Thimble-Hall

Thimble Hall, Youlgreave, Derbyshire

Aptly named ‘Thimble Hall’ a minute cottage in the Derbyshire village of Youlgreave.  This style of housing was once common from the mid 1700 thru 1800’s and was know as a ‘Two Up and Two Down’.

With the pressure on the scarcity of affordable housing here in the UK, I do wonder when we will go back to these old ideas….?!

Mind you Vagabonds are not that welcome as the sign from 1824 indicates

Sign

12th February

(C) David Oakes 2019

The Morning started well….but then went back to sleep

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Over the Gate…A February morning

The morning started well, a blue sky that was slightly wispy, not a breath of wind and a touch of haze on the horizon…..OK the sun did appear, albeit rather weak, but the day still had promise.

By lunch time the day had gone back to sleep.  Not sure how to describe it, but the haze did thicken,  never really became thick enough to be called a mist. It also had a strange effect on the colour of the weak sun. Even at midday it had that warm glow you would normally associate with dusk..  dusk without a sunset….well it was midday!

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Strange maybe which just added to the February mornings feel for a brisk winter walk…

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When evening arrived a change in mood of the weather occurred.  Heavy rain and high winds….and more predicted.

6th February