On the days when the sun shines down, the gentle breeze makes the fresh new leaves flutter and send the scent of blossom drifting through the countryside, there is no place I'd rather be. The promise held in a tiny branch or tuft of grass, or babbling brook is beyond compare. Can anywhere else in the world trump an English spring day? Not in my book.
I've been determined to learn more about the countryside which I love so much; looking up wildflowers and trying to memorise the detail. Above, we have lesser celandine which has been in bloom all over the show for the past few weeks. Such a rich and cheerful colour.
Forget-me-nots are so delicate and pretty. I'd love to pop some in our garden so we can enjoy them next year.
Still some trees are yet to open their leaves, but the frosts linger which could be a factor.
Blossoms are lasting a wonderfully long time this year; we've had trees in bloom for weeks now and there's still plenty looking fresh. It raises spirits and sparks enthusiasm in me.
Nowhere else but here. Sophie
Blue is my favourite colour, did you know that? My wardrobe has a rainbow of shades, prints and patterns within it's overflowing doors. While I can have a few favoured shades and go-to items, the variety and depth of selection is something cherished. On this occasion it was a day for blues; with this bright and light jumper being ideal for spring.
I inadvertently matched my outfit with the beautiful bluebells in the background. Do I get extra fashion blogger points? Do I even count as a fashion blogger (does anyone?!). My enthusiasm for putting together outfits is something fun to share; I aim not to preach about what to wear, only to spread the word that you can and should wear what makes you happy.
How would I describe my style? It's hard to define. Country girl, heritage, simple, sometimes boyish, prairie. Knits, shirts, billowy sleeves, seventies chilled, cheeky to puritan. I don't know, it's whatever it needs to be at any given time.
What I don't enjoy much is dressing for formal occasions, it's too restrictive. Anything else is fun. Sophie
Easter weekend delivered so many treats. My head insisted that bluebells would be out at the end of April but lo and behold they were blooming in full force at our favourite woods. Flowers by the million. Absolutely mindblowing. Will I ever tire of such a sight? Not on your nelly.
Of course there were the odd sprinklings of other wildflowers too. This could be wood anenome.
Millions and millions. Apparently bluebells have a scent but I've never detected one (and you might imagine in such density it would be unmissable).
Tell me that you are going in search of your own bluebell woods too. Sophie
Over the Easter weekend we got out and about further afield than usual, though not too far (you know me). The best walks are the scenic ones with oodles of sunshine and fresh air with a notable lack of people to share it with. I've got a few posts coming up to share over the next few weeks of our recent outings which I very much hope you enjoy. Today's capture the spring sunshine and empty tracks.
Just for the record, the UK Blog Awards were held on Friday night last week and although I didn't win, I'd like to say a very heartfelt thank you for all the support that you have given me over here and on social media. I'm feeling the love. Sophie
Bare arms! How refreshing it is to shun a jumper once again. My wardrobe is in flux; with my excitement to delve back into forgotten favourites of summer yet adamant refusal to part with thermal tights any time soon. It's dipping back into frosty nights this week - I'd be unwise to ditch the vests and cosy knits just yet.
However, wildflowers are out in the countryside so its a-ok to wear flowers in my hair. Is there anything more cheerful? I doubt it. Maybe one day I'll try real ones although my concern is that my barnet will become the main (or mane) attraction for the local population of insects to aim for.
My tee collection is minimal but those which have made it in to the higher echelon of wearability get worn a fair amount, though don't often make it on to the blog. My bad!
In most posts I don't make special mention of where items of my outfits come from as the vast majority are second hand, from charity shops or ebay and so are generally no longer available at all. Anything new or gifted is mentioned and linked so you can source it yourself should you wish. Everything is old today. Favourites for the win.
Things I want to do this summer include being happier, wearing clothes to make me happy, growing lots of flowers to make me (and maybe others too with any luck) happy. No saving clothes for a 'special occasion' which never materialises. Every day is special. Sophie
Oh, there have been some rich and glorious sunsets lately. Now that the clocks have changed we're well and truly able to break free fr...
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