Some days turn out differently from how you expect. My plans for today were to go and fetch Mum from her care home so that she could have Sunday dinner with us and enjoy some time with my brother and his wife. With the unpredictability that always attend dementia, when I went to fetch Mum she was very sleepy and even the thought of the company of her lovely son and 'lovely sunshine' was not enough to rouse her sufficiently. Her spirit was willing but the flesh was never going to be strong enough today. I left her to her roast turkey at the home, assuming they could wake her up enough, and came home disappointed.
However, disappointment turned into a gift as we decided to go for a walk at our local National Trust property. It has been a glorious day, less cold than recently, and we were really glad we made the effort.
There was a definite Harry Potter vibe to this lovely larch tree, above.
"I never knew I could walk on water! What do you think to all this cold stuff then?"
I had a little play with in-camera functions and dabbled with a little black and white.
The boathouse had a lovely shadow across it and the children were enjoying themselves breaking off chunks of ice and winging them across the lake. I hope the trout under the ice weren't being too upset by the vibrations. Have you heard the noise the ice makes as it slides across itself? It's a very delicate sound.
Plenty of inspiration for stitch.
Beautiful shapes and contrasts in the Italian garden. The lavender is a silvery grey, not quite the lilac colour it appears here and has yet to be cut back.
Our walk was rounded off with hot chocolate and cake, (well, you have to don't you?) and this beautiful beast and his friend seemed oblivious to our approaches in the car park. A lovely end to a wonderful late winter day. Hopefully Mum will feel a little more lively next week. She is getting more frail but considering she is going to be 90 this year she is one amazing lady.