I left early and arrived in thick mist!! But I was the first one through the doors which is great for taking pictures..
I started down the hill.. the Castle was barely visible..
It was very still... not a breath of wind.. so great for reflections in the water..
Daffodils well in flower
Mr Ponders and Ben Bear rather liked the view
Having a chat and admiring the view..
Mallards in flight.. just a record shot. camera not set up for flight shots!!
It started to get a bit brighter.. the mist was lifting a bit..
Almost perfect reflection of the boat house
The Spring Walk.. I didn't do it today..
Ooooh look .. blue sky!!!!
Ben would like to reinforce the request of the National Trust... I know the Orchids are lovely when in flower..
Sitting and gazing ..
and we stopped for a cuppa and a very nice Raspberry & White Chocolate Scone... sitting outside in the warm sunshine (no coats required) and a lovely view!
AS the sun was now out.. had a wander back down to the Castle..
What a difference the sun makes..
The Quarry Garden.. not open as frost damaged and steps slippery.
Walked back up the hill... sunshine!!
and a final look at the wonderful Camelias..
Great visit in glorious sunshine and Spring warmth . more like May than March!!