More flowers are appearing in the garden … the Hellebores in particular are putting on a very fine show this year:

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Hellebores

Snowdrops

Snowdrops

Meanwhile in the arboretum the thaw continues and many paths are a tad soggy

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Indoors at the arboretum, however, we were welcoming visitors to the sugaring-off open day to visit the newly renovated Chalet Pruche for a warm by a hot fire.  While waiting for the first batch to arrive I started playing aorund with some HDR photography, trying to get well lit interior shots …. this gives yoou a taste of this splendid building:

Inside Chalet Pruche at the arbortum

Inside Chalet Pruche at the arbortum