Spring

Earth is waking from it’s Winters sleep

warmer days are such a treat

Spring has begun

or has it just sprung

birds are tweeting

Sheep are bleeting

blossom filling the air with scent

smell them quick before they are spent

blue skies

and busy Bees

pollinating our trees

leaves uncurling

fluffy white clouds whirling, twirling swirling

soil preparation

in anticipation

for what this year will bring

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Blooming Bluebells in Calke Park

Bluebells are blooming and filling Serpentine Wood at National Trust Calke Abbey with their heavenly scent and bright blue petals. Whilst visiting on a sunny blue sky day they seemed to be the perfect compliment for the acid green leaves bursting from Beech trees.

What could be more idyllic than an English woodland filled with Bluebells and birdsong in Spring. Click here for a virtual Bluebell visit.

Abstract Bluebell photos. I would love to know what you think

Rainy day poem on World Poetry Day

Now for something a little different from me, felt inspired to write these words.

Spit spot drip drop, listen to the rain,

spit spot drip drop, shelter from the storm,

spit spot drip drop, underneath an oak tree,

spit spot drip drop, watch it plop from leaf to leaf,

spit spot drip drop, will it ever cease,

spit spot drip drop, puddles getting bigger,

spit spot drip drop, bracken looking greener,

spit spot drip drop, storm is blowing over,

spit spot drip drop, rain is ceasing,

spit spot drip drop, coming to an end,

spit spot drip, sun is peeping from a cloud,

spit spot, time to run around,

spit spot, storm is over, rain has gone,

time to meet afternoon sun.

Images shot at National Trust Calke Abbey and National Trust Stoneywell

 

Beautiful clouds, beautiful day

Sometimes it’s just nice to sit back and relax.

Yesterday I felt myself staring out of the window and watching clouds. Big fluffy white clouds whizzing past on their way to another destination outside someone else’s window. Ready for another person to stare or glance at, perhaps make a shape from or to call them cotton wool clouds. Occasionally a darker grumpy cloud came past blotting out the sun causing outlook on the world to just be a little dimmer.

Here is a timelapse video of that very view that attracted my attention. 5 hours worth of filming condensed into just over 1 minute of viewing.

Plenty of Snowdrops but no snow

The sky is blue, sun’s shining and there’s a nip in the air so wrapping up snug head off to  National Trust Calke Abbey to see the Snowdrops. I am no Galanthophile (Snowdrop fancier) but what a lovely  collection of Snowdrops displayed on the Auricula theatre.

Snowdrops with double and frilly petals, some single with long petals, others single with short petals, all in individual pots each with a variety label. Below are snowdrops plants photos followed by a closer image of that plant.

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Snowdrop season is a few weeks earlier than last year but a sign that Spring really is just around the corner. I for one cannot wait for the next flourish of colour.

What better way to end a lovely day out than with a sunset

Amazing Anniversary at National Trust Charlecote Park

The morning of our 15th Wedding Anniversary started with heavy rain and an hour into our drive to National Trust Charlecote Park near Stratford Upon Avon it was still raining.

We were feeling optimistic that the weather would improve despite the forecast. Fortunatly plans were very loose and our main aim was to obviously enjoy each others company so the weather didn’t matter too much (although dry is obviously nicer)

Shortly before arriving at the car park the grey clouds started to depart and blue sky was quickly making an appearance.

Walking along the long driveway we were greeted by a magnificent gatehouse with beautiful and ornate turrets, balustrades and carving. As you can see the weather really had improved and the billowy white clouds were looking amazing.

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Underneath the Gatehouse arch and a little peak at the house

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Oak trees are just starting to come into leaf and so alive with their acidy green colour, so vibrant and full of Spring.

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 A short little meander around the outskirts of the property, what a magnificent view of the house silhouetted against the sky.

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Not to be missed is the woodland garden, how dainty are these Dodecatheon Meadia Album, (White Flowered American Cowslip)

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Exciting the woodland brought us to the Orangery Restaurant. Time for a relaxing cup of tea/coffee and obligatory slice of National Trust cake! The Orangery entrance was surrounded by a Rainbow of Tulips all swaying in the breeze.

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I chose an absolutely gorgeous and moist Toffee cake, my husband had Caramel Shortcake which was just as delicious.

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The Spring Tulips in the Parterre garden looked absolutely stunning in their Rainbow colours

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We sat for quite some time in the Parterre garden with the River Avon behind us, Tulips in front and fabulous bright blue sky with big cotton wool clouds above, our view:

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The sounds of Spring were all around, Bees buzzing in the borders and Swallows swooping and chattering along the river. It really was an idyllic spot to relax.

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It was lovely to see the house interior in a different light with the shutters closed, it seemed to give the house a real sence of spirit and feel how illuminated the rooms must have been all those years ago.

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Back into the daylight and a last look at the house exterior

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Apple blossom being pollinated by lots of Bees

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Down by the River I found a lovely Troll!

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The Charlecote Deer seem to be very inquisitive of people and have just started to loose their Antlers, we wondered if this hurts them at all? Also wondered whether it makes their heads feel lopsided as surely this makes the Deer off balance only having one Antler?…oh so many questions and a little silliness as we walked like a one Antlered Deer!

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The Coachhouse was fascinating, loved the cartwheel shadows on the stone floor.

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Some staff were busy doing some conservation in action, which was really interesting

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A quick glance at the horse chains on the wall and I thought it read HAPPY

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It has been a truly amazing and memorable day, helped by amazing National Trust staff, thankyou

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It was also great to bump into my friend Jana who was out and about with her camera.