Tuesday, 16 February 2016

early spring

It was good to get out for a walk and some fresh air this week. The ploughed fields lie bare

and there are still plenty of dried seed heads on the verges.

There was a wintry feel and the signs of spring weren't obvious until I started looking more closely.

After what feels like weeks of grey skies and rain there has been some sunshine.

The gorse

and blackthorn are blooming.

Closer to the ground I spotted daisies

a few celandines

and a small clump of snowdrops. There are many gardens with impressive displays of snowdrops at this time of year (last year I went to Welford Park to see them) but it is always nice to see a single clump nestling at the base of a hedge.

The cow parsley  leaves are emerging, bright green along the banks, definitely signs of spring.

Monday, 1 February 2016


We have been quiet here. My father-in-law passed away last week. Although he spent most of his life in England he was most definitely welsh and loved daffodils.

He lived to be 90 and until his health started failing three years ago led a full life. Even when he wasn't well he found enjoyment in the everyday moments of life. He was a gentle considerate man who saw the good in everyone and his passing leaves a gap in our lives, he will be greatly missed.