The last couple of weeks have been brilliant for enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of nature. These ferns were showing their spore-bearing parts in the sunlight.
The hawthorn trees in the garden all have different blossoming times and this one is the biggest, frothing on top of the woodshed! It has been full of birds including fledglings which may well have been hatched in there.
Everything is growing rapidly in the woods, creating light and shadow.
Cow Parsley is one of our favourite spring plants, creating soft verges along roads and cycle paths.
Lucy has been making sure to go out at lunchtime and relax. Working near a river makes this easy to do, especially when there is wildlife close by. These Egyptian Geese had eight chicks with them, many hiding behind the tree.
Rivers are very photogenic at this time of year with the sun reflecting the green of plants and blue of the sky in the water.
Many of our recent walks have been alongside rivers and other watery places.
Every year we cast a few seeds (found wild or given by friends as this one was) of a new plant in the garden to see whether it will grow here. 2018’s is this yellow poppy, which we can enjoy while we hang out laundry or sit in the garden.
In the last week the foxgloves have started to open. We watched the Chelsea Flower Show on TV, where many white foxgloves had been used, but these wild ones are our favourites.
We’ve spent a lot of time in the garden so far this spring, but it was only this weekend that we spotted a second mistletoe in the apple tree. It is very welcome there!
Arundhati Roy – The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
Deborah Levy – Swimming Home
Deborah Levy – Hot Milk
Rachel Elliott – Whispers Through a Megaphone
Jessie Burton – The Muse
Paul Simon – Peace Like a River
Duran Duran – Pressure Off
Wild Beasts – This Is Our Lot
Panjabi MC – Mundian To Bach Ka
Manic Street Preachers – International Blue
Years & Years – Sanctify
Sigala & Paloma Faith – Lullaby