My, my, my, the weekend was so sunny! In a short interim break from our spring toil at the allotment we took a stroll and a bite to eat out to soak up the midday sun. It felt as wonderful as it sounds. I took a few snaps of the new growth and the pretty little things which caught my eye.
Even the dead nettles looked pretty to me; nestled in the lush shoots of grass.
A lot of these bright and cheerful flowers which I see every year but reliably fail to remember the name of.
The teeny, tiny little wildflowers are starting to appear everywhere. It's heartening. And blackthorn blossom - come on you little busy bees, we want sloes!
Two lime green butterflies zipped past me, leaving no opportunity to get a picture but this sunbather was happy to pose a while.
Wowee, this heavenly pink fluffy blossom is a beauty against this blue sky.
Spring is delivering so much already! Sophie
A long sleeved dress is a must-have as part of my wardrobe as you can sneak all manner of layers underneath it. My extremities suffer with the cold even indoors over winter - I often jest that I must be part lizard. Some people are naturally warm all the time which makes me so envious; how convenient! I used to think that increasing my exercise regime would increase my circulation to keep me warmer but there has been absolutely no discernible difference. Cold from the elbows and knees onwards. Nippy toesies and nosy.
There is something enchanting about a black dress with bold coloured florals. Until I reviewed these photographs I had no idea there were sold black squiggly lines down the front, back and sleeves. It would look nicer in my opinion to maintain a consistent covering of pattern all over - but there we go. In my mind's eye I would secretly love to design a range of clothing each season which would be made up of pieces that would be timeless and give a nod to the colours and trends of the time but not to the extent of rendering them out of place in years to come. It would make for an amazing project. Maybe one year?
Big sleeves! The fabric is regrettably too lightweight for a breeze as it billows and gets buffeted all over the show. Ah well, you live and learn.
It'll soon be bare legs weather which will be so much more pleasant. Sophie
The little nature reserve we stumbled upon set us a challenge of sorts to spy a number of mammals, birds, insects and all manner of wildlife. Needless to say I didn't spot the mountain hares.... nor all the super exciting lesser spotted what'sit called- doodah thingamejigs.
I want to apologise to the 41 species of lichen I couldn't identify, I'm sure you are beautiful and carry mystique in your own right but it was my own failure in not finding you. The two we did spy were magnificent.
The cute little foxgloves were so small and they varied in size from small to super dinky, all nestled in the undergrowth and in walls and here, there and everywhere. How wonderful it would be to spy the larger ones in flower. Did you know that foxgloves are biennials? They spend year one establishing and year two in flower.
Teasel and viburnum, a beautiful mix in one picture.
Teeny, weeny cone babies. Aren't they sweet? Sophie
A grouse is not a bird I have come across before so when this little chap appeared I was really intrigued. The sodden undergrowth came into it's own by providing a glistening nest to frame my new best game buddy.
You may have read my post earlier in the week about walking to to Cutthroat Bridge and this post is a continuation. It's worth pointing out that this walk is no. 7 in the OS Pathfinder guide of 'Outstanding circular walks' in the Peak District. It's a 4.75 mile route and a really enjoyable one.
The heather clad hill tops are rather picturesque and provide an ideal habitat for plenty of wildlife. Grouse, rabbits, mountain hares (how I'd love to see a mountain hare) and an abundance of prey for hunting birds to eat. I imagine if you sat around for a while with a pair of binoculars you would spot a lot of action. I spied a little cluster of tiny birds in flight which landed in the undergrowth.
We suspect it was a deliberate burn as part of the conservation and maintenance of the landscape.
C was admiring the view. The stunning landscape is well worth taking in.... especially as we are usually in the flat lands of Norfolk.
One more part to come on this walk soon!
Have you ever seen a grouse? Sophie
There are probably too many 'if's' and 'buts' and 'one day's going on. The grass can seem greener on the other side, with the temptation to fall into a puddle of envy. If you don't like something then change it; put up or shut up. Get moving. 'Be the change you wish to see in the world' ~ (that's Gandhi) but it's TRUE! No one person holds any more sway or weight than another, vote with your feet.
Wish that people took more care of one another? DO IT.
Wish that people smiled more often? Go for it.
Wish that there was more (or total) peace in the world? Be peaceful and support those efforts of others.
I wish that people could feel happier being themselves. I'm embracing being myself and hope that others too can let go of self consciousness to relax.
Simple things are often the most rewarding, wearing a floaty dress and a few flowers in my hair works wonders for my spirits. Reconnecting with nature is something really important to me and I'm happy to share it with you.
What makes pink and grey such great friends? Who knows, but they dance merrily hand in hand. This turtle-neck, retro pink long sleeved kni...
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