For those with birthday, anniversary or other potential (non-Christmas) celebrations in December or other winter extremes of the year and who choose to go out for the day or away like we have just done will generally accept that the weather may not be brilliant, that some places may not be open, and that gardens will not be at their most colourful. We were lucky, therefore, to have had blue skies, sunshine and mild 10° days for our Anglesey visit and easily filled our time with enjoyable pursuits. As well as our visit to Janet and a walk along her local coastline we added to the Golfer’s scorecard collection (hurrah!), enjoyed that woodland walk with the sculptures, took in some of the numerous ancient burial chambers and of course managed to find gardens that were still open.
Over the years we seem to have visited many gardens out of season and been able to appreciate their structure and potential, and of course there are always trees, shrubs and other evergreens to admire as well as random late or early flowering beauties. On this visit we took in Bodnant Gardens on the mainland and Plas Newydd on Anglesey, both National Trust properties, and spent a pleasant hour or so at both – hopefully we will revisit them at another time of year, particularly for the rhododendrons at Bodnant. Our hotel had grounds to explore too, and included several sculptures which were stunningly illuminated at night, like yesterday’s bench and the two shown above.