It's fantastic at any time of the year, but yesterday when I visited Sheffield Park, the lakes were still frozen. And even though the sun was shining, it was still very cold, but a wonderful day to see this amazing garden recovering from the big freeze. There were new shoots everywhere and it's going to be a blaze of colour in the spring judging by the bumper crop of buds on the rhododendrons and azaleas!
The swans were picking their way through the ice; children were running around in the park; and adults were amazed by the amount of ice left on the lakes. It was a perfect winter wonderland, like so many of the gardens here in the south emerging from the snow.
All of the lakes were still partially frozen, with notices everywhere, warning people not to walk on the ice. It may look tempting, but you wouldn't want to fall in that water .... hypothermia would soon set in!
And best of all was the thin and watery winter sunshine. Not enough to warm you up at the edge of the frozen lakes, but enough to make you realise that England looks very different without its blanket of snow ... even if the ice is still there. But even in this winter wonderland, do spare a thought for those in Haiti - it's so easy to give on your mobile/cell phone, so here's the link: