In order to blow the cobwebs my husband and I decided to visit Wakehurst Place which is not too far a drive from our house. It was just a couple of days into the new year and the weather, though dry, was really cold!
One of the views we had promised ourselves was that of a huge tree near the main house which had been decorated with loads of light bulbs which were to be lit every afternoon just prior to the closing of the park. We got there around 3.30pm to walk around a little whilst waiting for the lights to be switched on. Boy, was it cold! It was OK at first as we were well wrapped up and the sun was still throwing its last rays on the house and surrounding areas. Amazingly, there were still a number of visitors walking about looking like us, waiting for the lights to be switched on! Here you can see a view of the front of the house from across a lake with about three quarters of an inch of ice.
Even the birds were finding it hard work. At one stage we saw some seagulls fighting over some bread that had been cast on the ice only to be slithering all over the place!
All this was all very well but when were the lights going to be lit?
Finally!! The lights were switched on! It was hard to photograph since the sky still held the last of the daylight. Still, you could see vestiges of the moon to the upper right and judging by the clear blue sky with not a cloud in sight we were due for a very cold night.
Best to return to the car to put the heater on and whilst driving home we looked forward to a hot cup of tea and the remainders of the Christmas cake to warm us up!