It's Wednesday - Painshill Park have free entry - would it be open? - the sun was shining - the sun was warm - let's go! And yes, it was open, albeit access to certain part was restricted. On entry to the car park, several notices advised drivers that we entered at our own risk and no snow clearing had taken place in the car park.
The nice lady on the entrance desk advised me not to go where there were "no entry" signs and that the far end of the park was closed (this is the steep naturally woody bit). This was for visitor's safety and also to be aware that no areas had been cleared of snow. She wished me a good and careful walk!
In other words - "we're open" but "be careful" - how sensible! (I had noted that Claremont Gardens (NT) WAS closed)
So off I walked, getting really warm in the wonderful sun. Hardly any people about and those that passed all wished each other "good day" - lovely!
It's hard to go out at this time of the year, without enjoying the company of a robin. Today, this chap was a real poser and, as I walked along, I saw four at the same time. Great stuff!
A robin and catkins - whey hey!
A record shot as this Song Thrush, as soon as I got the camera up, flew off to join its companion
On the way in...
From the entrance bridge
The first view..
so let's wander around...
Fly past off two Egyptian Geese
A thoroughly enjoyable walk in the sun and snow.
As I got into my car to leave the snow covered car park, a male driver (a bit full of himself) entered the car park and just drove (in a manner I'm sure he thought was impressive) into the deeper snow to turn around. He smiled at me - he was very sure of himself - he then tried to move forward; he tried again; he tried reverse; he tried forward again - his wheels spun at each attempt
I put my car into 2nd gear - used low revs - moved gently and successfully forward in the snow, (tried very hard not to look in his direction) and drove down the drive to the gates.
I could hear the his engine revving as I left the premises - I wonder if he's still there?
(I hope I don't sound too smug) :D
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