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.