Today, all the elements pulled together to make our walk a really happy, successful and exciting one! A larger number than usual joined the group today- it must have been the sunshine- to enjoy a walk around the Botanic Garden of Wales. Although the sun was out it was jolly cold as we set off up the Broadwalk towards the Great Glasshouse .It was rather icy and slippery underfoot but the fountain wasn’t frozen…wish it had been as it would make a lovely photo!
Following the footpath around the Glasshouse we entered the Fairy Wood. Sadly. it was too cold for any fairies to be around but they had left some of their belongings behind.
It’s exciting times in the Gardens as there is a huge restoration project taking place. A grant from the Lottery Fund has made it possible for work to begin on restoring a Regency waterpark. There will be seven lakes, cascades, falls and weirs recreating the Garden as it was in the 19th century. Work has already taken place and large areas are revealed where the lakes will be.
Many of the trees alongside the path were ominously marked with red paint!
What a surprise to see areas of white on some of the tree branches up ahead! I earned top Brownie marks for knowing what they were! Thanks to another blogger that I follow, who sees the same on his walks…it was hair ice! Not seen in these parts before!
The path followed by the side of the river and led us through some muddy patches ( it wouldn’t be a walk with Philip if we didn’t get a bit muddy!). We saw some interesting steps leading down… to a sluice maybe!
Taking a photo of a bridge from another bridge before we headed back up the other side of the river to the waterfall,
At the waterfall we spied the next phenomena …the bubble doughnut!
The waterfall with the doughnut swirling at its base!
After so much excitement for the day we headed back towards the Glasshouse. Paxton’s Tower in the distance on one hill and the Glasshouse on the opposite side.
Passing across the bridge over the established lakes the ‘new’ lakes that are being recreated could be seen on the other side.
A visit to the Gardens isn’t complete without a visit to the Butterfly House- Plas Pilipala.
So hot and steamy today it misted all the lens up!
On the way to get our sugar intake for the day we saw the birds of prey flying free- a wonderful sight!
Drifts of white seen through the trees turned out to be beautiful snowdrops and not more hair ice!
The mallards put on an excellent display of synchronised diving to end our walk.
Back home a quick look round the garden to photo a flock of long tailed tits on the feeder but Holly get there first! I’m sure she’s laughing!
It’s great to see lots of colour returning to the borders now- spring is arriving…slowly but surely!
How can one top an excellent day which had a wonderful walk, with lovely people, many interesting finds…well..you have a double yolk in your egg for your tea!