Stourhead is a National Trust owned House and Garden on the Somerset/Wiltshire border, a stones throw away from my house, and a place I spent much of my childhood exploring.
If you've never been I urge you to go - the Gardens in particular are beautiful year round and full of seasonal goodness. I'd heard there was a good display of Daffodils this Spring, and so I was keen to take a look when the opportunity presented itself.
On Sunday 3rd April the forecast suggested light winds and clear skies, with a chance of mist, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to take a stroll and check them out. The last few weeks had been pretty crappy as you might have read in my previous blogs, and as my alarm sounded at stupid o clock and I checked the traffic cameras, there was a hint of mist about and, unusually for 2022, a decent ground frost.
Although the Gardens at Stourhead don't open until around 9am, I've never had any issues getting in before then as the grounds are quite accessible. I regularly see other locals walking around with their dogs, and any staff I've met have been happy to let me get on with things, so I assume as long as I'm not being an idiot it's ok to be there (I'm also a NT member). That said, I wouldn't be surprised if one day I get turfed out, so I am always mindful not to visit too often and try not to push my luck by being too prominent! (blogging about it is probably not the best idea with that in mind - luckily I trust my reader to keep quiet as they're with me for most of my visits!)
Here's what I captured:
After a couple of hours hanging out by the lake my un-gloved hands finally decided to stop co-operating, and mild hypothermia was affecting my ability to compose an image, so it was time to go. I have to admit I was very pleased with my mornings photography, and I don't hate some of the images I captured, which made a pleasant change after the last few weeks! Later this week I was due to move house and on the night before my scheduled move the weather gods decided to reward me with the best rainbow I've seen from my bedroom in the 8 years I'd lived there. I took it as a sign of the house saying goodbye - unfortunately real life got in the way and everything fell through for a bit, but the image was nice at least!
Did I ever move? Find out in my next blog!
What's that, you're likely to busy and might not get to it? In that case, yes I did move and everything worked out well in the end.
Dammit I'm crap at marketing!