Smile ~ when the sun is out

The sun was out for two days last week after several days continuous rain during Easter break. Even only two days, the sunshine made everything in the garden smile!

and me.

I made the most of it.  Besides  work,  I think I should have taken the two days off ,  I tidied up the front and back gardens,  pruned and cut back hydrangeas and fuchsia, managed to mow the lawn for the first time this year and then took photos of flowers at different time of a day(morning before work, lunch break and after work) and from different angles.

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smile together

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looking towards the sun
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fully open at noon

Does the sunshine make people happy? I think so.

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End of March ~Spring is here!

Finally spring is here ~ bright yellow daffodils are fully opened and tulips are in buds  although the rain is continuously  pouring down at this Easter weekend and the central heating is on all day.

After the big “Beast from East” at the end of February,  the “Mini Beast” came in the middle of March. Embraced two day bitterly cold, the temperature has gone up a bit. And also the clocks moved forward one hour, the British Summer Time started last Sunday, now  there are more daylight  in the evenings. It makes people feel happy.

Still haven’t done anything in the garden and in the allotment because of snow and rain. Only visited the allotment once last weekend.

Planed to work on the gardening and digging at the Easter break. The rain didn’t want to stop. So took some photos in the garden between rains and then watched TV, cooking, feel like Christmas.  Hope April ( tomorrow) the weather can improve .

Have a lovely Easter!

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Bought and planted just before last Christmas from clearance sale
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In the pot

 

Survived from the frozen weather

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we are new
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the only special daffodil left, probably it can’t grow year after year
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Everyone
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Waiting for flowering
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At the end of last month, it was a tiny flower stem, now in full bloom

All vegetable plants were moved to the greenhouse yesterday although it is still cold.  Must have confident in them.

 

Looking forward to April!

I’d rather be…not working on any sunny days

This week Weekly Photo Challenge: I’d Rather Be…

Last Friday was warm and sunny, about 12°C. I knew from the weather forecast the weekend would be quite different- the Mini Beast from the East was coming, snow , freezing again, the high temperature would drop to below zero.  While sitting in the office, looking at the blue sky and bright sunshine, and listening birds chirping outside, I was thinking I’d rather be in a park and basking in the warm sunshine , than here, in the office, working!

Took some photos of the park in the early morning before work. There are many crocuses under a big tree.  I visit them nearly everyday if the weather is permitted.  They are in full blooming now.

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in the morning
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Close look in the morning
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Close look at lunch time
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lunch time on Sunday
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Fighting the cold
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Today ~ after snow

So I’d rather be taking photos of the beauty of nature on any sunny days.

Spring is coming? ~ End of February

I put a big question mark because Siberian blast hits the UK and Europe this week, the entire of the UK are covered with snow. It is causing lots of disruptions : – roads are blocked, trains and flights are cancelled and schools are closed.  The day temperature dropped to -4°C this morning here.

Did not do much gardening work this month, only pruned two roses  and nothing in the allotment, it has been either too wet or too cold. Hope March will be different.

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the photos were taken this morning

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The greenhouse in yesterday  morning- taken before snow
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drawing from nature
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Not afraid of cold 

The following photos were taken at the last weekend, just before the cold hits.

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When we first moved here, there were nothing under the hedge. I put lots of bulbs in, only spring bulbs flowered. It looks they will flower again this year.

The leaves from last year in the green house are still growing. The seedlings(cucumber, tomato and reddish etc)  in the room are too high and thin 😦

The amaryllis is on the third year. The above was at the end of last month. The second is now. Can you see the bloom stalk? Strangely it grows leaves first.

Pruned  two roses  and get them ready to bloom again

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Found another snowdrop in the front garden 🙂

No matter what happens, Spring is definitely coming…

Snowdrops at Moggerhanger

The sunshine was  gorgeous today, couldn’t wait to go out. Went to Moggerhanger Park to see snowdrops. There were some posters which were very informative.

We had a good look around. It was half-term, the park was full of kids. The house was still closed, will come again.

Did you know these ?

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Are they beautiful?

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Finally face up! – with help

Along the woodland trails there are some view points.

 

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Cabbage
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Wheat

Have a good weekend!

 

Signs of Spring ~ End of January 2018

At the last two days of January the sun was out. Although it was bitterly cold and windy,  I had a quick walk in the nearby park in the morning and again at lunch time,  and also had a look around the garden. The daffodils and crocus are in buds, the tulips are pushing through, and my only snowdrop is in flower! Feeling the warmth in the sunshine,  Spring is underway…

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Park in the morning
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park at lunch time

 

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Tulips

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Still closed, probably because it was too cold
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life

I am glad I did the walk, today is back to gloomy and bleak. It has been raining the whole day.