17 February 2011

My Back Yard

The weather was quite nice on Sunday.  Still hovering around freezing but the sun made an appearance, and it was very still and calm.  Today we took the dogs on my favourite walk. We are lucky enough to live in an area that is a UNESCO World Heritage site, thanks to the Liechtenstein family who lived in this area.   In the late 18th Century they built two chateaux, their winter residence in Valtice, and their summer residence in Lednice which is where we went for a walk.  The chateau is a neo- baroque building, which is currently undergoing a full external restoration, and is set in acres of parkland based on an English country park.  Maybe this is why I like it so much.   We regularly walk around the lakes in the park from the main building, out to the Minaret and back.  I didn’t take a camera today, but we have taken many pictures over the past years at various times of the year. 

 In summer it is busy with holidaymakers, but in winter, we have it very much to ourselves.

When the lakes are frozen, which is usually for about two weeks each winter, families get their skates out and head for the lakes.  To me this is magical, like a Christmas card, because it is so rarely seen now in the UK.  (Far too dangerous!)

And if I’ve been very good, we stop for a hot chocolate on the way back!

1 comment:

  1. How lovely to have such a wonderful scene to walk around and enjoy.