……. colour and joy can be found – even in January!
I – seemingly foolishly – decided to visit Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Hampshire, UK last Thursday – a day which promised rain but also – hopefully – a few brighter intervals.
As it turned out, it did rain quite a bit with short intervals of brightness, but it was still a lovely day in so many ways. The rain sometimes brings out colours on a grey day in ways a sunny day sometimes fails to do because of strong contrast and shadows. I think the colour is appreciated more on a grey day, also. It provides a real lift to the spirit.
This is a photo taken from the shelter of a piece of sculpture in the gardens: an large upturned wooden boat with seats where one can partake of a spot of lunch whilst looking across the pond at a variety of plants including the bright cornus stems seen here. One can also enjoy the company of a variety of ducks who come to share your lunch. Quite idyllic really.