Each year I make a visit to the Bishop’s Palace in Wells. This is a beautiful place to visit, and you can return all year on the same ticket. What’s not to like! They have a display of snowdrops that is as good as anywhere. Shaftesbury is very good, but that is not in Somerset!
It has been a late year for these little white flowers. I made a first visit at the end of January and nothing had appeared. In past years they had been fully out in the middle of January. The second visit a week later and much the same. A week later and finally some flowers were open. Enough to hunt out the best flowers.
The palace does not open until 10am, but this is just early enough to get some winter backlight.
Today there were more crocuses that snowdrops.
The croci are pretty but lack the history of snowdrops?
Sitting in the cafe I was amazed to see several dead crows lying on the main lawn. Despite the keep off the grass signs some people took a much closer look than I dared. So I was not the only one confused. However, all became clear on reading a tiny little sign attached to the fence. They were not real – but an alternative scare crow. It seems live crows will not risk visiting a lawn covered in dead crows. Probably wise!