The work has now started to build the new visitors centre... it's a huge project .. some views..
The existing cafe..
and off through the Pinetum..
Stopped in the bird hide ( I was there the day it opened a few years ago)
Birds seen from the hide:
Blue, Great and Coal Tits
A wander along the river
then into the gardens
Stopped for a cuppa before going into the Greenhouse
Rudolph with his sleigh and helpers..
and a 'living' bed for this teddy...
and this teddy was at the other end
and Frank decided it looked rather nice
Lots of Cacti and succulents
and we continued our walk..
A wire sculpture at the top of the hill - just a shame the sky was grey today!!
Oooh luck - a Mallard
We'd walked towards the orchards where we saw Field Fares and Redwings..
and on our way out.... a group of Siskins... also a Sparrowhawk flew out of the tree in front of us... A good day's unintentional birding!!
Lovely stroll, and great company... good day out...