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Monday, 26 March 2012
This morning dawned bright and sunny, and we didn't have any particular plans, so we pored over a local map and decided to take a picnic to Woodchester Park. It's not that far from where we live, but for some reason we hadn't been before.
The house, Woodchester Mansion, was never finished and is now a tourist attraction in its abandoned state - as well as providing a huge maintainance project for students of stonemasonry! It's only open a few days each summer, so we'll have to come back another time to look around inside.
The park is set in a valley containing a series of small lakes, and my favourite spot was by the dinky boat house. We sat on a bench by the water to eat our lunch, with ducks around our feet trying - somewhat agressively - to encourage us to share our food. There are lots of paths winding through the woodland (of which we walked only a fraction), and at this time of year there are woodland flowers and wild garlic starting to break through, which, along with the sunshine, really helped to make it feel like spring.