I know, I know ..... its a very long post, but I spared you umpteen more spring flowers, trees and shrubs. However a few have crept in - daffodils, violets, primroses, snakeskin fritillaries and lovely white Spring Snowflake or St. Agnes Flower. The Weir garden is pretty any time of year, but Spring is my favourite - set in 10 acres of National Trust land amongst ancient woodland, at Swainshill along the riverside. There is no longer a weir since the end of the seventeenth century when an act of parliament made the River Wye a free navigable river, and all weirs were removed.
At Eastertime there is a nature trail activity for children to follow a picture map, find different coloured boxes and write down what they can see and feel inside. When they have completed the trail, they can take their answers into the walled garden and find a plastic egg hanging on a fig tree in the large glasshouse, and then swap that for chocolate egg at the exit.
This time I walked the trail with Che, Becky, Rory and Erin. The children are such sweet little companions; they loved finding each box. You can see some of Rory's answers - I love the fact he has 'frogs born' for frogspawn, similar in meaning as well as phonetic. He was fascinated by the bughouse. We got there early and sun was getting hot then. Had we known it was going to be such a bright hot day we would have brought a picnic with us, as the deckchairs provided by the river were very tempting. Instead we stopped at the tea hut and made drinks while the children coloured in pictures. When we got to the walled garden both Erin and Rory said that they were in Mr.Mcgregor's garden as the vegetables were planted in rows just like the garden in Peter Rabbit 's story.
Happy Easter everyone.....
.....This is Seren my latest bunny make.......
My friend Daphne asked B. what I was making. and when he said. "a rabbit", she said, "tell Pat to call it Seren. " Seren is Welsh for 'star' and can be a girls or boys name.
It was my eldest son's birthday was a few days ago; we called him 'baby star' for a few weeks before we chose his name - Sean (he is 31 now).
Seren is dressed in Easter colours: dungarees with pale primrose striped cotton trousers, trimmed with yellow ric rac and pale blue stiped ribbon, also at the waist band. The bib and straps are deep yolk- coloured felt, with a sweet wooden heart button in the centre, and, decorated with turquoise striped buttons. Seren's orange and white striped T-shirt has been recycled from a baby vest that used to belong to my great niece Greta. The body is made of beige mock linen material and the ears are from pretty fresh flowered cotton that remind me of Spring in the Herefordshire countryside .
Just managed to get my wellies on and step into Dinmore woods, to snap my favourite primroses, in between the April showers. The primrose really is the country queen.
I love my wellies, they are covered in little hare motifs. . . . .
. . . . and back at home, more Eastertide flowers, bunnies and chocolate. . . . .
Going on an Easter egg hunt tomorrow at National Trust Weir Gardens. If the weather is kind I hope to get a few photos to show you. Take good care and have a lovely Easter. x
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