The new season started in a blaze of mid-March sunshine. Spring has definitely sprung at Riverhill; some of the Rhododendrons are already out, the daffodils look wonderful and The Primrose Meadow is in full bloom. The wild garlic in the woodland smells amazing and I am hoping to make some pesto with it this weekend.

Despite the more changeable weather this week, we have had some extremely enthusiastic visitors. I was told quite firmly by one lady that, 'there was no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing!' To prove the point, I have attached some photos of two of our more hardy visitors who absolutely loved playing in the rain in their wonderful raincoats. Thursday's visiting artists also loved the overcast weather. They even ate their lunch outside! They were in raptures about the contrasts in light and I rather envied them sitting in peace with their easels. Perhaps we should collect together some of the masterpieces drawn or painted in the gardens and have an exhibition?

I am pleased to report that the Yeti has come out of hibernation and has been spotted in the woodland. It still seems to prefer the children's dens and camps to hide in and we are yet to spot it in the new 'Yeti Burrow'. The de Bono family went to investigate The Burrow last week and were somewhat alarmed when a fox shot out of the doorway! I'm not sure who was more surprised the fox or the children!

This weekend marks the start of the events programme as we celebrate Mother's Day. For our younger visitors there will be the opportunity to have fun making bouquets out of tissue paper and straws whilst Mum relaxes with a free cup of tea! Don't forget to leave time to visit 'The Explorer's Escarpment' - our new adventure playground. Let me know what you think of it.