Yesterday I went to Renishaw Hall, Derbyshire, the home of the Sitwells for nearly 400 years. It has become well-known in recent times through the writings of Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell. It is still the family home and some of the rooms are open for tours on a Friday afternoon. Although I have visited the gardens before, I wanted to see the house and take a walk in the grounds during the short season when the bluebells are in bloom.
The bluebells in the woodland areas have just come into flower and were a delight to see as was the rest of the gardens, both the informal and formal.
In the woodlands the camellias are in bloom as well as some magnolias.
A carpet of daffodils in the lime tree avenue was a cheerful sight on a rather cloudy day.
The tulips, forget-me-knots and other spring flowers are out in the formal gardens.
On the top lawn there were some playful rabbits (or hares).
At the moment, if you are in the UK you can see Renishaw Hall featured on a programme called Country House Sunday early on a Sunday morning on the itv channel or catch up on the series on iplayer replays.