Meeting a friend today and we both needed some exercise. So we met at Polesden Lacey and started by walking down the hill, through the fields and wood, and back up again to regjoin the main area.
Out in the fields, sheep were waiting for their lambs... none it seems just yet.
Rabbits were out enjoying the sun; and out of the wind and in the sun it was really rather nicely warm.
I became conscious of some loud 'tapping' and finally located two Nuthatches banging their beaks on the tree branches... not sure why this happens.. but if anyone reading this does?.... maybe looking for food?....
After clambering up the steep hill through the fields and woods, lunch was next on the agenda. We sat outside in the sunshine and out of the wind and it really was rather pleasant.
And lunch?.. Was Sconch... a rather nice and usual high standard fruity scone... a def 4.5 out of 5 as usual.
Outside the reception area is this lovely wood carving which has its final resting place on Ranmore Common in due course.. this in recognition of the Adonis Blue butterfly that is found there.
The carving was made from a tonne block of oak from Bookham Common. It will be moved in May to Denbies Hillside when the first brood of the Adonis Butterfly is due to hatch
Snowdrops on the tree lined path
And into the Rose Garden. The door of the Water Tower was open to allow the gardeners access .. was good to have a glimpse inside.. not something I've had the opportunity to do before today!
A few of the chickens.. very pretty ladies!
And I was amazed at the sight of many bees enjoying the spring flowers on offer..!!
Deck chairs out... in March!!
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother with King George VI... they had part of their honeymoon at Polesden Lacey in 1923 when they were the Duke and Duchess of York
So.. a lovely walk in good company - a very tasty scone at lunch time... and the weather.. well not too bad albeit the sun didn't keep us company all morning.
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