During last week we were privileged to make a visit to Anglesey Abbey and gardens near the village of Lode in the UK. A faint sun and a slight cold wind made the walk around the gardens pleasant enough. There was so much to be seen, I did not know where to turn may attention first. The lovely fresh snowdrops made a carpet underneath the beautiful ancient trees their branches low to the ground.
Here and there I could see some yellow aconites among the snowdrops. Further along a splash of bright lilac among the borders were the European cyclamen. The hellebores also gave us a most pleasing show, many different varieties.
The lanes and walk ways weave along the shrubs and trees giving off a wonderful woody scent even in winter, now and then there was a gate which opened up into a landscaped space created according to historical values, all along there are interesting sculptures, some of them covered right now against the cold weather.
The abbey itself, was established in 1236 as an Augustinian priory, and is a beautiful Jacobean building in almost white limestone. I did not get a chance to go inside the building but took the tour around it with a guide who told us a huge amount of history about the building. Everywhere I saw beautiful features, the layout of the out-buildings and the surrounding gardens, especially the rose garden, were nice and interesting. I could imagine how nice the scent of all the roses during the summer months.
We did not walk as far as the mill, but I am sure that I will visit this place again as we are due back in the area during the summer. The place is in care of the National Trust by the way.
I do hope that you enjoy my photos, it just goes to show that even during the winter months there is so much to see and enjoy in nature, something to be very grateful for.