Winter sunshine

Alfie 2We all enjoy the sunny days at this time of year – especially the estate’s dog population who all seem to like soaking up a few rays while the rest of us are working.  There are more cheery little signs of spring every day – a scattering of daffodils, Iris reticulata, hellebores and the drumming of woodpeckers in the trees.

Iris 'Cantab' 2018

We’ve been clearing through the woodland walk – taking out dead wood and trimming holly trees which is a great job for a cold morning and makes a very satisfying difference to the appearance of the pathway.

Woodland walk 2018CyclamenRhubarbThe rhubarb patch is already promising crumble for our menu in a few weeks and their beautiful crumpled leaves will be unfurling like a butterflies wings to make the most of the extra daylight.