Friday, 16 March 2012

Thorpe Perrow Arboretum

A Spring Day - three good friends - Soup of the day in the cafe Tomato and Basil - what's not to like? So off we went to Thorpe Perrow Arboretum at Bedale yesterday morning.

I have posted so many times about the place but really, whatever time of year you go there is always something new to look at, the paths make for easy walking, everywhere is so very well looked-after and there is always an atmosphere of peace and calm.

The daffodils are just coming out. The ones that are in full bloom are obviously the early-flowering ones, many of them with swept back petals. There were some patches of blue scilla which were also in flower and a lovely bush of witch hazel too. Blossom trees were just coming into flower - give them another fortnight of sun and they will be spectacular.

No photographs of the lake this time but as we leaned over the bridge and looked into the depths we could see countless frogs around and several enormous carp lazily swimming up and down. Do carp eat frogs we wondered? There were also several pairs of mallards and I am pretty sure they do.

We always sit outside to eat our soup as one of us takes a dog, Sophie. The sun shone on our backs, we had nice conversation, the soup was delicious. We were home again by half past two - in time for me to make a batch of marmalade.

If you are ever in the area of Bedale, do go and have a walk round to see the place for yourself. It is privately owned. How wonderful it must be to live in the middle of such a lovely garden.


John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Those pictures are a treat. Thank you.

Heather said...

Beautiful photos Pat and lovely to see the sun bringing out all the colours. It has been grey, misty and so cold here for the past few days. Last weekend's sunshine is a distant memory! Glad you had a fine day for your visit to Thorpe Perrow.

angryparsnip said...

Beautiful !
I really enjoy these photo walks.
I am amazed that you can take your dog. Especial as it is someones home. Everyone must clean up after their dog... not so in America.

cheers, parsnip

John Gray said...

the bluebells are lovely

Totalfeckineejit said...

Wow! Just wow!

Cloudia said...

a perfect day from what I can see. thanks!

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mumasu said...

What a lovely day you must have had, and marmalade too. I was going to ask if you could cake dogs.

The Weaver of Grass said...

The blue bells, John, are scillas.

Yes, Parsnip, you can take dogs as long as they are on leads and you must clean up after them. There are bins to deposite the poo in and as far as I can see, everyone obeys the rules. Sometimes they put up a notice reminding people that if you don't clean up after your dog they may have to ban dogs from the garden but so far it seems to work. The only place dogs are not allowed is into the Birds of Prey centre but as I can't bear to see wild birds tethered to tree stumps I never wish to go in there anyway.

rkbsnana said...

Gorgeous. I am happy you get to live in such a pleasant place

Toffeeapple said...

A pretty new header and a lovely spring-like post. Excellent. So glad that you had good weather.