With two friends, each of them a keen member of the Royal Horticultural Society, I visited East Lambrook Manor gardens this Wednesday. This was my third visit, but my first at this time of year. They are currently holding their snowdrop festival. Here are some of the photos I (with one obvious exception) took.
Having kept our purses firmly unopened, we moved on to the rest of Margery Fish‘s wonderful cottage garden.
The day before storm Ciara was beautiful, just right for joining a group privileged to visit an RSPB hide not normally open to the public, (for complicated reasons). West Sedgemoor is just about the southernmost extent of the Somerset Moors and Levels, and much of it is an RSPB reserve, acquisition of which has been built up over the decades. This means the RSPB is now able to control the water levels, to the advantage of wildlife of course, by the management of sluices, these days remotely.
We were given this information en route to the hide, having stopped here to overlook part of the moor.
And before we reached the hide we saw, looking right,
Also seen en route, looking left:
We stayed for about 90 minutes. Here are some of the dozens and dozens of photos I took. It should be said that nearly all of them were taken with my camera on its maximum zoom. The other caveat I would make is that there were too many people to make it easy to ask our expert leader for identifications, so some of them given here are tentative. I hope a knowledgeable reader may offer suggestions and corrections.