Flowering again

As the heatwave stopped and the rain came,  temperature dropped to a single digit in the morning,  the plants in the garden happily are starting re-growth.

twenty days ago
Today, full of buds


the roses re flower 

another dahlia



Happy Autumn!

Rain is back and I am back to blogging

Rain is finally back after two and half months and the heatwave stopped!

Haven’t updated my blog for about four months. The excuse is too busy, too hot, too lazy, or all of them.

Took some photos last week after the rain stopped. Can you feel the coolness ?


20180809_223045-1261855588.pngThe only rose in the garden

img_3067-c-2075484460.jpegThe petunias have been blooming since June, don’t care about the heat and drought. I grew them from seeds.



It is raining again today! Enjoying the day without the scorching sun.

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.

smile together


looking towards the sun
IMG_8102_5 white_tulip
fully open at noon

Does the sunshine make people happy? I think so.

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!

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


Survived from the frozen weather

we are new
the only special daffodil left, probably it can’t grow year after year
Waiting for flowering
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.

IMG_7318_in the morning
in the morning
IMG_7315_in the morning
Close look in the morning
IMG_7178_before snow
Close look at lunch time
IMG_7636-in the snow
lunch time on Sunday
IMG_7640-in snow
Fighting the cold
Today ~ after snow

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

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 ?

Are they beautiful?


Finally face up! – with help

Along the woodland trails there are some view points.



Have a good weekend!


Silence in a Village

Last week Weekly Photo Challenge:  Silence

Turvey  is a small village located  on the River Great Ouse in Bedfordshire, England. We visited it because of  one friend’s recommendation, she learned iconography in Turvey Abbey.

We got there around 1 pm in a sunny  Saturday afternoon. Most of houses were  beautiful  stone cottages in the village. But surprisingly streets were quiet,  just a few  people were at outsides, occasionally some cars passed through a main road. When we walked around, felt like intruders,  I even felt that I had to hold my breathe, otherwise we would break the silence .

We found the Abbey and the Monastery, but  didn’t enter,   didn’t want to disturb them.

Took as many photos as I could, then left. When I looked at  them again, I can still feel the stillness.

cute bus stop
All Saints Church
church yard
pub- another visitor?
Who are you, strangers?



the Monastery – a lady is on retreat – silence
Observing silently


I would like to share two photos that went viral on Monday in Chinese social media.


The photo shows one eight years old boy’s  dirty and swollen hands on his school exam paper, he got 99/100. He lives in a poor, remote rural village in China with his sister and his grandma. His father is a migrant worker who works in  a big city.  The boy walks 4.5 km to get to school from his home. It takes him about more than one hour.

This week Weekly Photo  Challenge is  Weathered. I am thinking of this image.


His hair and eyebrows were covered with frost after the long walk to school in freezing temperature. The  day the photo was taken the temperature  was -9  degree Celsius.

That’s determination!

First Growth

The year 2018 is here, a new year, a new start!

Took down all  decorations at the weekend, the holiday season is finished,  then went to the allotment to see how the vegetables were growing  and then to a garden centre.

The theme of this Weekly Photo Challenge is Growth.

Growth in the allotment: broad bean, garlic and celery.


Growth in the Garden Centre:


Growth at home: