Sizergh Castle in February

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.

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The Candlestick and Whitehaven Harbour

On a recent visit to Whitehaven we explored the area around a local landmark. The Candlestick is a reminder of Whitehaven’s coal-mining past. It was built as a ventilation shaft for Wellington pit. The winter sunshine was illuminating it. It was a windy day and the waves were breaking against the harbour wall.

There is a public house named after it in the town. A picture of that appeared on this blog previously.

A visit to the Royal Botanical Garden in Edinburgh

The reason hubby and I went to Edinburgh was to view The Lost Words exhibition, which was in Inverleith House in the Royal Botanical Garden.

After we had been round the exhibition, we had lunch in the café and explored the Garden.

It was our first visit, but we hope it will not be our last. Like any garden it changes with the seasons. In late summer we enjoyed seeing many flowers, especially the herbaceous borders. It would look quite different in spring, when the bulbs are in flower and the leaves just beginning to open on the trees and shrubs.

I have visited Kew Gardens several times (as a child and later with hubby and our children). There is an entrance fee there. In Edinburgh it is free to visit the garden, but there is a charge for visiting the glasshouses. That is something we hope to do on a future visit. We were fortunate with the weather and happy to be outside for the afternoon.