Springtime at neighbouring Powis Castle is such a delight.
My sister and family came over to visit and explore the Castle, taking advantage of the National Trust's free weekend.
The Magnolias in the courtyard are just coming into bloom, and look lovely against the rough red sandstone walls.
Even on a grey day, there are splashes of colour, from the peacocks to the clever planting using those red walls.
It was interesting to see the borders all clear and freshly mulched, knowing how full and abundant they will become in high summer.
The views from the terraces never fail to impress, no matter how many times I've walked along them.
Down on the lawns, all the boys thoroughly enjoyed a spot of croquet.
Meandering through the woods full of springtime flowers and back up to the Castle for some delicious locally produced icecream, before making our way back through the Deer Park and over the field to home.
A good Sunday afternoon!