Posting Breakthrough – Yorkshire Arboretum

For a couple of months my posting efforts have ground to a halt; foundered on a period of doubt and uncertainty.

Then a week ago, while a friend was staying for a few days  we had decided to make my first visit to the Yorkshire Arboretum which is next to Castle Howard near Malton. Around home the leaf buds had started to break out in sheltered spots and many blossom trees are now in flower, so I thought it would be worth the trip to see spring in action and give me a good reason to post.

We stopped in Helmsley, an old market town on the way to see the daffodils along the stream.

Spring Daffodils

Spring Daffodils

We arrived at the arboretum about lunchtime after passing the huge obelisk at the entrance to Castle Howard. It was early in the season, plenty of room in the car park! You pay an entrance fee in the visitor centre and the sight of the cafe was enough to persuade us to have tea and a sandwich to fortify ourselves before setting out on a circular walk.

We first passed through the cherry trees which were disappointingly lacking in blossom to the bird observatory where we stopped a while, but with little feed around, there was little bird activity and we carried on with a high wall to our left which held this captivating doorway :-

To the Outside World or the Wardrobe?

To the Outside World or the Wardrobe?

The ground in places was quite wet  and in others firm and dry. Spring may have been around somewhere, but wasn’t making herself very apparent.

Weeping Beech - a leafless study

Weeping Beech – a leafless study

After walking uphill for a bit we came across what is signed as the main vista which gave splendid views down to the lake. You can just see that spring is approaching but my photographic skills do not do it justice.

Vista down to the lake

Vista down to the lake

Nice to see a bit of hard architecture among the living giants and this Cruck House appeared. My research tells me that it is built of oak and chestnut from Castle Howard, and built by traditional methods, to commemorate the late Peter Garthwaite OBE (1909-2001). It provides shelter from the sun or rain or a quiet place to sit and enjoy the surroundings.

The Cruck House

The Cruck House with thoughtful Maiden

We also came across this fair maiden frozen in constant vigil………

Wood Nymth

Wood Nymth

 

The next great view was across to the cedars. Funnily enough it is called Cedar Vista. (it is in the guide)

Cedar Vista

Cedar Vista

 

The pine trees were showing definite signs of spring.

Pine Buds

Pine Buds

In closeup

In closeup

 

Fancy pine buds

Fancy pine buds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now this is what I call a bird nest box :-

Large bird nest box

Large bird nest box

 

For owls or birds of prey?

Birdbox in context

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We managed to find a few flowers in bloom.

 

Rhododendrum

Rhododendrum

Viburnum

Viburnum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the way back to the visitor centre we came across this flying bird which was easier to photograph than most.

Silver Eagle with prey

This swan was anxious to be included as well but refused to show her best side.

Swan

So, not quite as springlike as I had wished but nevertheless a fascinating place for walk in the woods and certainly begs for a return visit in the summer. We ran out of time, did not manage to get everywhere and I’m sure missed some exciting specimens. Hah, there is the one last photo which my friend assures me was a magnolia flower bud. Sadly, it must have been the only tree in the garden which did not have a label!

Magnolia flower bud?

Magnolia flower bud?

The grey skies were not exactly inspiring and it was not exactly warm, but it has however made me publish another post, even though it has taken a week to write it. Spring has definitely arrived now, around here, so there must be something more beyond the bird table that I can describe very soon.

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