December Celebrations

night.sculpturesFor 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.

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8 Responses to December Celebrations

  1. Anna says:

    Yes winter celebrations involving outdoor trips are certainly more of a challenge than those which feature in the summer calendar. I’ve a feeling that you may have been celebrating a birthday Cathy so if so I’m glad that it was filled with fun and flowers. Is that a red squirrel I see in the tree?

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, I was, Anna – and yes we saw SIX red squirrels at Plas Newydd! Their coats were a much darker red than when we have seen them before, presumably a winter colouring.

  2. What a lovely trip to celebrate a special occasion. We’ve 5 of us with birthdays over the festive season and we never manage to celebrate in such lovely style.

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you Angie – and at least my birthday isn’t in the middle of the spring bank holiday week, like the Golfer’s is, so we tend to delay trips or visits for to celebrate his 😉

  3. rusty duck says:

    Two great gardens there, perhaps it’s this time of year when we need inspiration most?

    • Cathy says:

      And there are things we wouldn’t notice in mid summer – like the mulching and the way they train the roses (I’ll show pictures of the latter sometime)

  4. Annette says:

    Belated happy birthday wishes, Cathy. What better place to spend such a day as in Bodnant which will always have a special place in my heart. 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Aw thanks Annette 🙂 Would you like to share your the reason for Bodnant being a special place? I would certainly love to be there at rhododendron time and when the roses are out.

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