Thursday, 30 May 2013

Westonbirt in the spring

Mr Manley and I visited Westonbirt Arboretum last week, to have a couple of hours of hours just being together, instead of chasing around the house doing all those things that need organizing before we're invaded by kids.  We tend to visit in the late summer or autumn, as well as for the Enchanted Christmas event, so I was expecting less range of colours, less impact somehow, but that was certainly not what we found.

I got a bit dizzy halfway around so didn't get many photos, but the ones I did get are just so full of colour ~ take a look.

The acers showed off those deep rich red hues within those intricately shaped leaves, and though on a smaller scale that the trees Westonbirt is known for, plenty of springtime flowers were striving for attention.  Because we're still getting hail now (at the end of May!) it seems to have thrown off the balance a little, so the bluebells are out in force, even though the daffodils, usually their faithful companions, have already been and gone.

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Since we could wander at our pace opposed to having to keep moving to keep the kids attention, we had the chance to explore some places we've only previously glanced at on the way past.  I love the shapes you can find in the trees, the structures you can see during this time, after the leaves have changed colour then dropped through the cooler months, and before all the new growth has covered it back up again.  The range of textures around wasn't something I'd ever noticed before, but I got kinda sucked in by the old branches towards the base of a group of tree towers ~ it looked like hair, dry, brittle and rough, as though the moisture had leached out decades ago.

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A caterpillar so tiny my finger looked like that of a giant, a vivid yellow dandelion amongst grass so green it looked fake, gnarly twirly tree branches, a shocking hot pink acer and ~ please let me know if you can see this because so far it's just me ~ a tree that looks like a headless man in a lunging position drawing back and aiming a bow.  Any takers?  It's the photo on the top right just above . . . just me?  Really?  

Take another quick peek . . .


  1. Wow, those are really gorgeous pictures! And yes, I saw the man immediately, too!

    1. Thank you Joy, I'm so glad it's not just me!

  2. This is the first place we will be visiting when we finally get a car! My OH has been going on about it for ages.

    I love all these pictures. And I also saw the man immediately too.

    Thank you for linking up with The Weekend Blog Hop

    Hope to see you again next weekend.

    I am also following you on Twitter Now

    Laura x x x

    1. You're welcome Laura, I'll try to remember to link up again next weekend too! I would definitely recommend visiting once you're mobile ~ it's a lovely place (but make sure you wear comfy shoes ~ there's a lot of walking!)
      Take care


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