Elvaston - St Bartholomew's Churchyard
w/e 17 February 2019
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

People travel from miles around to visit Hopton Hall in Derbyshire or Hodsock Priory in Nottinghamshire just to see the snowdrops at this time of year but there are plenty of other places as well and we didn't have to go far.

St Bartholomew's Church

We could have returned to Shipley Country Park where we have seen snowdrops several times in previous years. We could have gone to Holme Pierrepont Hall just outside Nottingham. Instead we opted for St Bartholomew's Churchyard at Elvaston, near Derby.
Notice Board

The carpet of white behind the notice board at the entrance to the churchyard was a foretaste of the thousands of flowers and the sights to be seen within.

One of those sights however was not snowdrops at all. A wall behind the church where it backs on to Elvaston Castle provides an unusual perching place for pigeons.
Topiary Bushes

But before we reached that wall we walked down the path to the church between the topiary bushes and that carpet of snowdrops.
Old Tree

On the other side of the path there were many more snowdrops around the headstones in the graveyard and around this ancient tree.

The flowers are all around the churchyard but why someone should discard a soft drinks can among them is beyond me although I hadn't noticed it until I uploaded this picture.
Disappearing Squirrel

That's because my attention was elsewhere. I was going to caption this picture "Spot the squirrel" but just as I pressed the shutter it disappeared behind the headstone never to be seen again.
Flower Carpet

As we returned down the path out of the churchyard, we once again saw the carpet of flowers stretching across the ground to the headstones.
Early Daffodils

And the graves near the entrance were not only surrounded by snowdrops but daffodils were also starting to put in an appearance.


It was snowdrops that were the dominant flower though. However when we returned home via Risley, both side of the road there were lined with daffodils already in flower. Spring is on the way!

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