This weekend I had the urge - to see snowdrops, that is. We have a couple of favourite places for this but, with me not wanting to walk up hill and down dale and wanting to be able to get a warm cuppa, we headed off to Lacock Abbey. If you are into photography, they have the Fox Talbot museum, the Abbey itself is worth a wander and the grounds are lovely. Then there's the National Trust village as well with a few pubs and cafes for that warming drink.
I think we'd left it a bit late for the snowdrops, they were carpeting the ground but going over, the crocuses were in bloom. Pretty all the same. The added bonus was their current Inner Spirit Sculpture exhibition, on to March 10th, by Derek Kinzett who has stunning wire sculpture dotted around the grounds. We saw a few but not all, I missed the dragon :( following my urge to get out of the cold and into a warm cup of hot chocolate. And some lunch! There are 13 sculptures in all, including a unicorn - which is different to the stuff you get in veggie sausages - that's uniquorn ;)
If you are in the area before the 10th I recommend this; I loved that some of the pieces were suspended and moved freely and all created with wire - except the unicorn. I'd love to have the kind of garden where I could hide a wood nymph amongst the trees - I only have space for a small snail!
For lunch we recommend the King John Hunting Lodge - tiny, not cheap but good food and warm, if you sit indoors. There are lots of other beautiful places to eat in the village, but this is the one we like the most. We then usually wander round the village stopping off at Quintessentially English for some hand made soap and bath products and Lacock Photography who have some stunning photographs - for when we finally get outselves organised and put some nails in the wall to hang them from! There are lots of other shops tucked up side lanes and in courtyards, but by the time we have got this far I'm ready for another coffee.
And soon it will be time for the Snakes Head Fritilliary at Cricklade - there's a good tea room there too!