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Spring Break in Shropshire


It’s nearly time for a spring break here in Shropshire. At Hopton House the catkins have been out for ages and we’re now surrounded by drifts of snowdrops. I spotted the first open daffodil flower on the dog walk today and some of the tete a tete and primroses are out in the garden.

Mr B&B was away for Valentine’s Day but I awoke to find a wren sitting on the end of my bed serenading me.   We like to sleep with our window slightly open, whatever the weather, and this wren  is a regular visitor into our bedroom, popping in several times a day in search of food. If I can just get them to do the housework for me, my transformation to Cinderella will be complete.

Spring Break in Shropshire - snowdrops on the verge with Hopton Titterhill behind

It is lovely to hear the dawn chorus starting up again. This morning it started with doves and was then taken up by the robin and blackbirds. Though I’m not sure how I’m going to feel about the wren serenading me when it gets lighter much earlier.

Also it’s probably not just one wren. I happened to catch 10 of them flying up into the eves at dusk the other day. Luckily I love my birds.

I also love my frogs and I’ve noticed several in the pond recently. Luckily they are safe from the chickens this spring . Because of the current avian flu problem, they have had to be kept shut away since before Christmas. I do miss them free ranging.

a big drift of primroses in the sunshine


Win a 2 night stay at Hopton House B&B Shropshire

It’s always nice to get January out of the way so that we can start looking forward to Spring. Though I had a very nice January as it was my 50th birthday and I enjoyed some nice quiet celebrations with family.

This year the signs of Spring have arrived much earlier than usual. I was very surprised to find cowslips and blackthorn blossom in the wildflower meadow last week.

The snowdrops are also early this early and we’ve got some amazing displays locally. The photo above is from my favourite field about a mile from us here at Hopton House.

Spring also sees the launch of the Bradt Slow Travel book on Shropshire. It promises to be a fabulous book with lots of ideas of things to do to enjoy this beautiful county.

We’re very pleased to be included in the book. You’ve got the opportunity to win a 2 night stay at Hopton House B&B with Bradt – full details here

But please don’t put off booking your stay just in case you win. We’re getting lots of booking through already for 2016, 75% of those bookings from repeat guests so book soon if you’re after a specific date. If you’ve already booked and you win, I’ll apply the prize value to your booking.

Early signs of spring at our Shropshire B&B