Carpets of wildflowers are a joyful sight at this time of year in the ancient woodland at Wyken Vineyards, sparkling clear sunlight creating a beautifully dappled canvas beneath the low canopy of trees.
The scale of the woodland feels intimate and calm as we meander away from the main trail, stepping amongst thick leafy undergrowth to reach swathes of bluebells and Greater Stitchwort.
A slight aroma of garlic permeates the still warm air as we come across a mass of Ransomes wild garlic.
Not a single soul is encountered on our walk. It feels as if this place is just for us - so peaceful and special. Our voices are in harmony with the accompanying birdsong and the occasional gentle rustling of undergrowth a reminder of the myriad unseen creatures who live in this idylic environment.
And then in the distance we hear the faint low hum of a glider. Slowly growing in intensity as it approaches directly above us on its journey through the pure blue sky.
Above the canopy enclosing us in this timeless place.
We can only imagine the stunning view from that glider on this perfect day.
This lovely cottage, along with three others on the estate are rented on long term leases. It's perfectly placed, with woodland to the rear and facing southwards over the 7acre slope of vineyards.
Imagine having this view from your window!
We make our way back through the woods out into the paddock and head to the Leaping Hare Restaurant for an early lunch of Eggs Benedict and a cooling glass of Elderflower cordial. We sit on the sun-baked terrace, under the shade of a huge umbrella - by this time the termperature is around 27 degrees! Unbelievably warm for April and I don't know about you, but I find myself yearning for some gentle Spring rain ....!
We then have just enough time for a wander around the small Farmer's Market to pick up some provisions before the traders pack up at 1pm. A pretty perfect Saturday morning.
Happy Easter! Enjoy the lovely sunshine.