Good Friday my friend Sal and I visited two gardens in heart of the Cotswolds. The first was Batsford Arboretum, which we'd last visited together 6 years ago! How times flies. I didn't think it was that long. Batsford holds the national collection of Japanese flowering cherries and as these flower in spring it seemed like the ideal time to go. Especially as they also have over 70 different kinds of Magnolia's (Who knew there were so many different kinds anyway?!)
blossom in every shade of white and pink was everywhere
And there were some pretty and unusual magnolias, again in every shade of pink.
Sadly the frost had done for some of the blooms
If you want to see more photos from my Batsford trip then go to this flickr set. After lunch, in the cafe at Batsford, we went across the road (Literally - as the entrance is directly opposite) to Sezincote, which is a gem of a garden that I suspect is often passed over by people heading for either the Arboretum or other attractions in the area.
Just as it is surprising to find Waddesdon Manor in the heart of the Buckinghamshire countryside, it's equally surprising to find Sezincote in the middle of the Cotswolds.
There was a swing and it said use at your own risk.
Hey, I've walked with wolves and eaten fire I can cope with a tree swing!
I love elephants
More Sezincote photos can be found here. We popped back to the cafe at Batsford for tea and cake to refuel us for the journey home. Yesterday morning I popped into Oxford. The weather was not great. My intention to play tourist and take photos with my camera as practice (I certainly need it!) fell by the wayside as I decided to shop instead. Today has been a more laid back day with a nice roast lunch, a good book and then I made my traditional Easter cake.
It has passion fruit butter cream inside!
Tomorrow I'd planned on a day out with my Mum. The weather forecast may force us to change our plans. I might actually get some sewing done. I've been neglecting my making of late. I'd felt bad about that. Then I realised I make for my own enjoyment and somewhere along the line my eagerness to keep up with this whole wonderful creative community of quilters has inadvertently made me feel under pressure to be churning out quilts and bags and other fabric goodies at least every other blog post. I have put myself under that pressure because it really does feel that if you snooze in blog land you miss out on a great QAL or line of fabric or the swap of the century. So I need to work on getting some balance back into my creating v. the rest of my life. Does anyone else feel if they aren't keeping up what's going on in this great community will pass them by?
So that is my Easter so far. I hope you're having a great one!