Yesterday, we went on a day trip to meet our son and daughter-in-law Peter and Tracy. We live too far apart to visit for the day, so we decided to meet in the middle and take our ‘house’ with us!
We met at Welford Park, a privately owned house in Berkshire which is famous for its snowdrops.
Despite being a bitterly cold day, we had a lovely walk around the grounds and marvelled at the carpets of snowdrops and aconites. There were also hopeful signs of spring everywhere, with hellebores, daphne and witch hazel coming into bloom, and catkins and willow buds in abundance.
It is only open for a few weeks in early February and we would definitely recommend it.
(Another place with equally lovely snowdrops is Walsingham Priory in Norfolk which we visited last year!)
Following the walk, we used Boris to get changed out of our muddy clothes, and then paid a visit to the 5 Bells pub at Wickham. It is a very traditional thatched pub with very friendly staff, their own microbrewery and an excellent selection of Ales and Ciders. Chris was very happy because they offer a thirds platter – 3 glasses of a third of a pint each to enable you to try 3 beers!
We also had an excellent lunch there, so again, highly recommended.
Then a return to Boris, where the diesel heater had us warm in minutes, and then we enjoyed some games with tea and cake before heading for home in opposite directions.