Spring at the Palace

Swan and Blossom - Bishops Palace, Wells, Somerset, UK. ID JB_2989

Swan and Blossom – Bishops Palace, Wells, Somerset, UK. ID JB_2989

A swan welcomes the start of spring at the Bishop’s Palace in Wells.  Wells is a tiny city at the heart of Somerset with a big history.  The Bishop’s Palace also has a living history – swans, daffodils, endless blossom and banks of primroses.  Wonderful.

The palace green was recently the star of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, today it is host to a beautiful magnolia tree.

Spring at the Bishops Palace - Wells, Somerset, UK. ID JB_3251

Spring at the Bishops Palace – Wells, Somerset, UK. ID JB_3251

Daffodils

Daffodils hug the banks of the moat around the gardens.

Daffodils at Bishops Palace - Wells, Somerset, UK. ID K2A0814

Daffodils at Bishops Palace – Wells, Somerset, UK. ID K2A0814

With the tree blossom the daffodils perfectly frame the famous palace swans.

Swan and Blossom - Bishops Palace, Wells, Somerset, UK. ID JB_2695

Swan and Blossom – Bishops Palace, Wells, Somerset, UK. ID JB_2695

Not to be outdone the swans can put on their own show.

Swan and Blossom - Bishops Palace, Wells, Somerset, UK. ID JB_3071

Swan and Blossom – Bishops Palace, Wells, Somerset, UK. ID JB_3071

Primroses

The bank of the rampart walk is covered top to bottom in thousands of spring primroses.  So good that even the local jackdaws drop in for a closer look.

Primroses on the Rampart Bank - Bishops Palace, Wells, Somerset, UK. ID JB_7243

Primroses on the Rampart Bank – Bishops Palace, Wells, Somerset, UK. ID JB_7243

The low morning sunlight picks out the flowers, and the hairs on their stems.

Primroses on the Rampart Bank - Bishops Palace, Wells, Somerset, UK. ID JB_7111

Primroses on the Rampart Bank – Bishops Palace, Wells, Somerset, UK. ID JB_7111

They just keep coming.

Primroses on the Rampart Bank - Bishops Palace, Wells, Somerset, UK. ID JB_7062

Primroses on the Rampart Bank – Bishops Palace, Wells, Somerset, UK. ID JB_7062

The swan takes a moment to reflect on the moat amongst the reflections of the daffodils.

Mute Swan - Bishops Palace, Wells, Somerset, UK. ID JB_7334

Mute Swan – Bishops Palace, Wells, Somerset, UK. ID JB_7334

And finally…

The swan has more skills – ringing the bell to ask for food.

The swans ring the bell to be feed at the Bishop's Palace - Wells, Somerset, UK. ID DSCN0796

The swans ring the bell to be feed at the Bishop’s Palace – Wells, Somerset, UK. ID DSCN0796

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