We’ve had about 4 inches of snow average so far this year making the gardens look so beautiful. Where as the snow has hidden some of the features it has illuminated others. Such as our recently planted Nut Walk which starts at the Yew Avenue and reaches to the bottom of the walled garden. It is a walk of cob nuts (Corylus avellana x maxima) with gateways and furthest reaches of Purple Hazel (Corylus avellana Maxima Purpurea). We have also put two Wild service trees (Srobus torminalis) at the bottom of the walk as gateways into the Orchard on one side and the Nut area and into the fruit on the other. These little trees show up so well in the snow and look like a proper walk already. We can’t wait for spring and see them all burst into life.
We had visitors just before the snow which took us by surprize somewhat. Wild boar, two of them apparently, have dug up the only lawn part of the Temple site making a rather large mess. I have to say that personally speaking the thrill of having boar visit outweighs the work we will have to do to get the Tai Chi area back into shape. It was in broad daylight that they were seen wandering down the road and they have explored the whole of Dean Hall’s grounds, though not causing too much havoc elsewhere.
The Forest looks so beautiful after a snow fall. When the white highlights the dark and it is so quiet. Walking through the Forest, you can pick out all sorts of animal and human tracks easily and admire the ever changing landscape. It can not be beaten.