This seems to have been the longest winter ever. In England we have been in lockdown since Christmas. We have not been allowed to stay overnight away from home and visits with friends and family have been restricted. I think we would all love to sit in the sun with a glass of wine and chat with a group of friends. My grandson has not been able to go to school and is missing his pals. Continue reading “The roadmap out of lockdown”
Goodbye 2020: A year spent mainly in lockdown. Welcome 2021: Will our lives return to normal and can we meet family and friends again?
2020 has been a strange year for shopkeepers. In March all nonessential stores had to close in England. Although most stores were allowed to reopen in July footfall is still down in the shopping centres and malls. Customers are worried about their jobs, many have been put on furlough or on reduced hours. Others prefer to shop on line rather than risk catching covid or wearing a mask. Continue reading “Autumn in Cabot Circus Bristol #thursday doors”
We have had an Indian summer, warm weather in September and our gardens are still looking colourful. As most indoor activities are cancelled due to covid 19 we have been exploring the local area.
Now that lockdown has lifted we are able to travel a bit more. We decided to rent a small cottage on a fishery farm near the village of Sheepwash in north west Devon for a short break. The farm proved to be run mainly for tourists with alpaccas and Shetland ponies as well as fishing ponds that had been dyed an impossible shade of blue. Continue reading “Sheepwash doors/Thurday doors”
This is my first flower of the day post for May so what could be more suitable than May blossom. In late April and early May hedgerows and fields in England are filled with the delicate white flowers of hawthorn. The hawthorn (crataegus) is a native tree associated with celtic folklore and especially with May day and the start of summer. Continue reading “Hawthorn and the story of the May wishing tree #ffotd#ff17”
Aquilegia which has the lovely folk name of grandma’s bonnet is a flower I associate with the cottage gardens of my childhood. I am sure I did not plant them but one Spring much to my suprise my borders were covered with the delicate nodding flowers. I received a lot of undeserved compliments from neighbours. Continue reading “Grandma’s bonnets or aquilegia #FOTD#FF16”
This month my garden is covered in bluebells or wild hyacinths. They fill every spare space and their spreading foliage stops other flowers growing. However I do love the delicate bell shape flowers which carpet the edge of my lawn. Purists would object that they are the Spanish variety of bluebell rather than the more delicate British bluebell which has a thinner arching stem and a stronger perfume.
According to the National trusts top tips for photographing bluebells you should choose a cloudy day. Personally I prefer less contrast and the gorgeous sunny weather we have enjoyed in April.
At this time of year local woods are carpeted in bluebells. Here are some suggestions of bluebell woods you might like to visit now we are allowed to explore once more.
This post will be added to Cee’s #flower of the day photo challenge and Brashley photography floral Friday challenge #ff15
Apple blossom in my garden. A welcome promise of Autumn pies.
I have chosen another bright yellow spring time flower for Cee’s flower of the day photo challenge. Cowslips (primula veris) are a relative of the primrose with a similar dark green wrinkled leaf but the small bell shaped flowers grow from a single stalk. In the past the flowers were used to add colour and flavour to wine. Continue reading “Cowslip #FOTD”