Blue Sky Sunday

25/02/2018 § Leave a comment

and another NGS garden visit, to Little Court in the village of Crawley.

The village is just a few miles from Winchester and has an abundance of immaculately kept, chocolate-box, thatched cottages and even has a duck pond with little duck houses for their nests.   I remember we once viewed a very pretty cottage when *C* was a baby but I’m pleased we moved to our present home instead which, although not chocolate-box, nor thatched, is in such a convenient location and walking distance to Winchester.

Little Court itself is a beautiful red brick house set within its traditional 3 acre English country garden that features an orchard – today, carpeted with crocus.  There are so many secret seats and gateways and the garden leads up to a meadow with stunning views – especially on a day like today!  You can read about the house’s features and why it is Grade II listed here.  Teas were served in the Village Hall and the Victoria Sponge was excellent!

Hellebores are my current obsession and there were many varieties in full bloom today.  I have quite a few that I’ve acquired over recent weeks – I’m just waiting for the ground to thaw before planting them – it’s rock hard frozen at the moment.

Apparently, there’s heavy snow in the forecast for the coming week.  Winchester, set almost due centre of the south of England, frequently misses bad weather.  Storms blowing in from the south-west pass to our west and then head off up country; easterlies catch the middle of the UK and often miss us – am I tempting fate?  Maybe!

Wherever you are, stay warm – it’s definitely weather for snuggly quilts and crochet blankets!

Adaliza

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