On Easter Sunday afternoon hubby and I went exploring in Croydon. I had studied a street map and worked out how to reach an open space. We skirted the park on the footpaths and looked for wild flowers. It was rather hot for the time of year, but more pleasant away from main roads.
There were people out enjoying the sunshine and the spring flowers, but I avoided them in my photos. I found at least two species of wildflowers which were new to me. (Help with identification of the cranesbill and the tree would be appreciated.)
Trees coming into leaf
Looking along an avenue
from another angle
Over the hill
A beautiful tree
Detail of leaves and flowers
Large-flowered pink sorrel
Cranesbill, but which one?
Star of Bethlehem
The advance information suggested that Leander would be pulling the excursion along the Cumbrian Coastal line “depending on availability”. In the event it was an unnamed locomotive 48151, which passed through on a very blustery afternoon. A number of people had ventured out to see it. The humid conditions gave atmosphere to the clouds of steam as the engine began to pull out of the station, with a long line of coaches behind it.
The weather was variable for our visit to Sizergh Castle near Kendal in Cumbria. There was one short heavy shower during which we were able to shelter. The sun shone afterwards, lighting up the tops of trees.
We enjoyed lunch in the café and explored the parts of the gardens, which were open. (To protect the lawns, they are out of bounds in winter. We could see the waterbirds from a distance.) The number of species in flower so early in the year was impressive. The planting is very imaginative. It was the first time we had visited in winter.
We also explored some of the estate, where there are some good viewpoints.
The stump garden
Peeping into the stump garden
Reflections from the other side
A view of the castle
Sunlight on the treetops