One Slow Sunday | Signs of Spring at Chippenham Park

Every year, I always look forward to a family walk through our local National Trust garden to see the Snowdrops. We’re fortunate to have a beautiful display on our doorstep. The gardens and woodlands at Anglesey Abbey always put on an impressive show, but this year our Winter’s walk looked a little different…

This was the first time introducing E to the beautiful gardens at Chippenham Park – and only our second visit since first exploring the walled gardens back in 2017. This garden is a hidden delight in the corner of the Cambridgeshire countryside. My favourite times to visit are during Snowdrop season and Easter, when all the Narcissi are in full bloom.

Adorned with Snowdrops, a sunshine filled, crisp stroll in the gardens were a welcome invitation for some uninterrupted inspiration and creativity. A rare moment, for transporting me away from the anxieties of our current world uncertainties. Finding little moments of gratitude like this have been incredibly soothing.

Snowdrops are one of the first blooms in early Spring and these tiny flowers pack a punch with their wonder. Always a cheerful reminder of what’s to come and being synonymous with ‘hope’, these beautiful flowers feel especially symbolic this year as we mark almost two years of ‘pandemic life’.

The garden trail led us towards some wonderful sights of Snowdrops blanketing the grounds of a woodland, dancing along the edges of a little Birch tree grove and decoratively bordering the banks of the lake.

Wrapped up warm against the cold and with E happily skipping beside us, we all soaked up the Spring sunshine which tagged along for the entirety of our walk. It felt like the most glorious sunshine which filtered through the delicate petals so beautifully, providing me with the perfect opportunity to capture some ethereal shots of the swathes of tiny buds basking in the sun.

Have you ever looked at the buds of a Snowdrop closely? They’re such a special flower with their hidden details.

Wonderful to spot Crocuses in bloom along with a few Daffodils slowly beginning to awake… A Winters walk with an abundance of Spring colours.

It was one of those walks where I noticed my breathing calm and deepen. It’s easy to overlook how everyday life can often numb us to the subtle movements of our bodies and for me, this is one that I neglect more than I like to admit and has the biggest impact on how I feel. Nature is my instant reset button; my constant inspiration, and I cannot wait to welcome the next signs of Spring and revel in those simple joys too.

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