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.
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