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Wintery Wisley

A Wintery walk around Wisley

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With the promise of sunshine the other week, we drove to Wisley to get some fresh air and see the butterflies in the greenhouse. My dad, who is a bit of a wildlife fan also ventured out with us. I was hoping to get some photos of the butterflies in the greenhouse and know the children enjoy the freedom there. It was a very wintery walk around the gardens. All the ponds and streams were frozen, apart from the parts in the January sun.

Wisley is a great place to visit at any time of the year, as there is always so much to see and with the different seasons it brings the different plants and exhibits there.

This time there was an exhibit of caterpillars and butterflies all around the gardens. Even the ginger breads in the cafes were in the shapes of these, and pretty tasty from the way Charley wolfed hers down.

This time we got to see Wisley frosty and frozen, with the ducks and swans standing on the icy ponds, their reflections on the ice making it look like they were standing on stones in the water.

We’d pre-booked our butterfly session this time so we didn’t have to queue with two little ones, not that there seemed to be a queue anyway.

It felt lovely and tropical in the butterfly part of the greenhouse and I was glad we had left our coats on the pushchair outside.

I don’t know how many butterflies they have at any one time but its quite a spacious area so it doesn’t feel like they are constantly flying round your head. Some are quite large and allย very pretty. We saw one sitting on a ladies hat and one even sat on my dads glove for a little bit. Others were on the fruit that have around the greenhouse on the tables.

After all the dreary weather recently it was lovely to be out in the air and to take some (ok a lot!) of photos with the sun out.

Here are some of my photos from our day out:

Wintery Wisley

Wintery Wisley frozen stream

Wintery Wisley 5

Wintery Wisley fountain

Wintery Wisley

Frozen pond

On the butterfly seat - Wisley

Butterfly seat

 

Big chair, Wisley

Big chair, little Charley

Wintery Wisley swans

Wintery Wisley swans

Butterflies at Wisley

Butterflies at Wisley

Round and round the garden path

Round and round the garden path

Wintery Wisley - ginger caterpillar

Wintery Wisley – ginger caterpillar, not both for Charley

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Author: Sleepingthroughyet

I'm mum to Charley and Bodhi. I blog about days out, craft hits and misses and parenting stuff . I also talk about my daughters diagnosis of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (kids get arthritis too, yep they do) and her progress.

42 thoughts on “A Wintery walk around Wisley

  1. A lovely place in the winter sun. Very good photos captures the feel excellently.

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  2. What a great day out for you all, it’s fab that you managed to make the most of a little bit of the winters sun we’ve finally been having. I bet the swans were put out by the frozen water on the lakes, I wonder if they slip over like we do. Charley and Bodhi look like they’re having a great time exploring the gardens and the butterfly house. Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.

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  3. Gorgeous photos looks like you had a really great day out

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  4. It looks like a lovely day out I loved the butterfly seat. Your pictures really show it off well #KCACOLS

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  5. Ah this looks lovely, we have been a few times but not in the winter – I think our membership runs out in Feb so we are going to try and sneak in another visit. For some reason I didn’t know there was a butterfly house there, so we’ll try and find it next time! Becky x #KCACOLS

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  6. Gorgeous photos! I love that big (big!) chair, it’s very cool ๐Ÿ™‚ #KCACOLS

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  7. What gorgeous pictures. Wisley looks so lovely for a day out. It’s been on my list for a long time – and at some point we are going to make it there! #countrykids

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  8. it’s great to spend time together as a family and even better when they look like this! it looks stunning and some great pictures! lovely day all round, thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

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  9. Ohhh this does look gorgeous. It’s a bit too far for us though. Your photos are beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚ #KCACOLS

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  10. Aw this looks like such a fun day out. I bet you were glad to get undercover in that tropical butterfly area! Although it looks as though you had some fab weather. We’ve been to a couple of NT places recently and it’s been horrid! The weather can make such a difference although I hate to say it #KCACOLS x

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  11. What lovely pictures. Looks like you caught a fabulous day of sunshine there. We loved Wisley, have only been the once as it’s a little far for us but we really had a good day. We have had RHS membership for a few years and go quite often to Hyde Hall Gardens which is much closer. My daughter absolutely loves it there and they have so much for the kids to do. Must try and get back to Wisley again this year. #KCACOLS

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  12. I love Wisley! Such a beautiful place at any time of the year and love that the kids can just run around. Wish I could get there more often. Looks like you had a lovely day. Super pics ๐Ÿ™‚ Kathy xx #KCACOLS

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  13. Ahh we also love Wisley although we’ve not been lately! I do love visiting around this time of year though. My boys loved seeing the butterflies last time! Some lovely pics of your day out xx #KCACOLS

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  14. I’ve always fancied going to Wisley, it’s not too far away from where we live, it looks like a stunning place! Sarah. #whatevertheweather

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  15. Wisley is a lovely place to visit, we went along in the summer and it was beautiful. We want to make a trip there again to see those butterflies.

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  16. What a super place to be able to visit #whatevertheweather

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  17. Looks like a lovely place to visit, beautiful photos. #Whatevertheweather

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  18. This looks like such a fun day out – a trip to the Wisley butterflies has been on our list for ages but it’s a really long way from us and we haven’t made it yet. The grounds look absolutely stunning too, although the idea of staying in the cosy greenhouse sounds tempting ๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. We love Wisley at any time of the year, but winter in particular is a lovely time to visit,.. especially for the butterflies ๐Ÿ™‚ It looks like you had a wonderful day.

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  20. It looks like an amazing place to explore and loads to see even in winter! I love seeing butterflies, it’s amazing when there are so many fluttering around especially if they land on you too. The caterpillar and butterfly cookies look delicious too!
    Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather ๐Ÿ™‚ x

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  21. Wow all of your photos are absolutely stunning. The light is incredible and the sun just makes the winter scene look even more beautiful. The butterfly chair is so cool! This looks like an amazing place to visit all year around, I bet in summer when it’s all in bloom it’s so beautiful, but even now at this time of year it’s really enchanting. What a cool experience. The cookies look delicious too. Thank you so much for sharing with #whatevertheweather xx

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  22. Sounds like you all had a lovely day out. Wisley looks so picturesque, and your pictures are vibrant and beautiful. xx #KCACOLS

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