EG had never been before and it was cool enough and we found a shady space in the (very crowded) car park because the dog had to wait there.
Signs of early spring and glorious sunshine let us enjoy the visit to the utmost.
Camelias, Daphnes and lots of little Iris were out.
|witchhazel, daffodils and winter aconites |
We then entered the big greenhouse where the butterfly exhibition was advertised but the waiting time was indicated with 45 minutes - we would have skipped it.
But when we arrived to the butterfly glasshouse entry, the queue was only 10 minutes long and we decided to wait. Not even one minute later, we could enter - it is always a limited number of people admitted to view the butterflies.
|real biotops for all the wonderful butterflies|
|they adored the fruit plates which were scattered around|
|my camera lens got immediately steamed-up and I had to put it for a few moments close to the sunlight to warm it up|
|if they were not still, it was very difficult to 'catch' them|
|isn't nature the most beautiful creator?|
|I think this is also a tillandsia type|
|those 'beards' will always remember me the real Bayous in Louisiana|
|it seemed as if all the flowers were in direct competition to the butterflies|
Further outside we could admire all the little spring flowers.
|some different iris came with us from the shop|
some snowdrops came with us 'in the green' as well
Due to the sunshine, the bees were out
|the alpines were under glass|
|I first thought that this was an ant hill|
From Bristol we went next day to the Vintage Jumble Sale in Box where all of us found something nice to buy and then we went to the closely Bradford on Avon - since a long time on top of my wishlist.
|what dilemma for to decide about the haircut - I think my brother-in-law would sign it ;-)|
The weather was not as good as the day before and when it started to rain, we decided to enter the pub:
The DANDY LION
Great place, fine food, lovely refreshments, a good time was had by all.
Right now, I count down the hours to leave for the UK again. Nottinghamshire will be my destination. OH JOY, another workshop of Gentlework!
So much looking forward to visit an area in the UK I have never been to and to discover the place where Hope & Elvis is situated.
The Nikon will come this time and I hope to be able to show a lot of this very special weekend then.