Hello, thank you for calling in, it's lovely to see you here. Today I am linking up with Amy at Love Made My Home as she hosts Five On Friday for the last time, so you are especially welcome here if you have come via Amy's blog.
My life hasn't been very exciting recently - it has been quite full, but full of small, ordinary things, not interesting things to share with you. There has been a lot of knitting, but also a lot of frogging so it's not ready for a Ta-dah! yet. There has, as always, been a lot of cooking, but everyday meals, not wow-look-at-this creations. There has been time spent with friends, but I couldn't POSSIBLY tell you what we've talked about!! There have been some visits to old churches, but I am not ready to share yet, and I don't want to be the woman whose blog posts are all about old churches. However, I was very keen to take part in Five On Friday this week because it's Amy's last week as host and I wanted to acknowledge her sterling work which has introduced me to so many of your blogs and brought me many more readers than I would otherwise have. My only difficulty was finding five sufficiently interesting things to share with you.
Mother Nature brought them to me on Wednesday when I ventured out into the garden. My back garden always looks very scruffy through the winter as we don't tidy it up in the autumn, a deliberate ploy to provide food and shelter for the little creatures which visit here. It doesn't bother us because we can't see the back garden from the house and rarely have cause to go out there during the winter months, so it is deliberately planted to look its best during the summer. The tidy-up usually happens in April during the Easter holidays but on Wednesday the sun was shining and the temperature a balmy 16 degrees Celsius so I decided to make an early start on the pruning and weeding (these are my jobs as the Best Beloved only likes the kind of gardening which involves A Machine).
I was stopped in my tracks by this sight in my neighbour's garden and hurried back indoors to get my camera -
The dying camellia flowers have dropped and landed in a bed of crocus. I found the image arrestingly beautiful and I am aware that I haven't caught that on camera, but to me, it also symbolised the turn of the seasons, the fading of winter and the vibrant life of spring. Looking up, there were plenty of glorious flowers still holding onto the shrub -
I sat beneath a buddleia and looked up through the new, lush, green growth at the blue sky above -
Further down the garden, the forsythia was absolutely glowing in the sunshine -
I spent a couple of hours out there and it felt soooooooo good; not only the warmth of the sun on my body but the satisfaction of a tired body after physical exertion and a tidier patch of garden. If you have been reading here for a while, you may know that I am an astronomical kind of gal and I define the seasons by the movement of the Earth around the Sun, so Spring can't begin until the equinox on 20th March, but as I sat in the sunshine looking at the new growth and listening to the courting birds I had to acknowledge that Spring is already springing - but of course, I couldn't possibly admit that in public!
So there you are, five photographs taken in my almost-Spring garden on a beautiful March day. Huge thanks to Amy for building the lovely, warm community that is Five On Friday and good wishes to her for her future. I hope to be here next Friday for the first Five On Friday to be hosted by Tricky and Carly at F.A.S.T. In the meantime, I really ought to sort out that flamin' knitting.
See you soon,
Love, Mrs Tiggywinkle x