It’s snowing (again) outside as I write, but I’m still basking in the glow of a day spent in the toasty warm glasshouse at Wisley. It wasn’t just any old day, either: they’ve released 3,500 butterflies into the Tropical Zone, where they’re fluttering around among the plants and landing on peoples’ heads. It’s absolutely magical: the girls were captivated, as was I. I took far too many photos than I should – here are a few of them:

We couldn’t drag the children away, and had a hard job leaving ourselves (a man comes round at about 4pm ringing his bell and shouting “Time, ladies and gentlemen, please!” No beer on offer, sadly.) The event runs until 22nd February, so get yourselves down there before they’ve all fluttered away to a better place.