I watch the raindrops chase each other down the windows, like so many tears flowing. The  tree billows as the bamboo shakes and bends whilst the sky fills with an ever darkening grey.

Wish I could be more cheerful, but the weather is pretty dismal at the moment!!


The wind has not abated, it has got stronger. I have had to leave the car on the track as I cannot get the gates to stay open. The rose bushes are flailing around. I hope they stay strong and flexible particularly as they have lots of buds.
I'm going to have to dig out my beanie hat for the dog-walk - nothing worse than earache.
Otherwise it is a bright day, a few clouds making their way across the sky.


Thursday ~ 12th April

Woke up to very cold temps - at the freezing mark! Sunny and light breeze throughout the day. It is still only 60F/15c outside which I would have expected for March early April...but we've been so unseasonably warm this year, so I was surprised by the cold this week. We are forecast to be back up near 80F this weekend though.

12th April

Beautiful morning here in London, though they give thunderstorms later (we had heavy hail the last two days - quick storm, then sunny again)
The trees are mostly in leaf now, except the big one at the end of my neighbour's garden(must find out what it is!) Forget-me-nots are in flower, I love their pretty little blue heads, cowslips and daffs on the end - tulips bursting out.

Right, I'm off to Aylesbury for a couple of days.

see ya


I'm not overly fond of wind, it's flipping noisy! It was blowing hard last night, sent my garden chairs across the drive and kept me awake half of the night. It' still blowing now, but during daylight hours when there is so much else to do I don't notice the noise.

The birds are still singing - that kind of sound I do not mind!!

Oh, and before I forget we have a proliferation of wild orchids this year. Very pretty, particularly the ones with the striped petals.


Sunday ~ 8th April

To all those who celebrate! Growing up Easter Sunday meant lots of candy - Chocolate Easter Bunnies! And finding all those colorfully dyed eggs that mom hid in the yard for me.

Our Oak trees are pretty much all leafed out  now.

Today has been bright, sunny and mild. Despite a bathroom remodel project this weekend, I did get the camera out and snap some photos in the yard to mark the progress of the various flowering plants.
The first of my Bearded Iris as the bud is forming.

Red Japanese Maple is all leafed out now.

My Hydrangeas are budding up.

What remains of my Azalea blooms - the one on the right is called a Merlin Azalea. *grins*

The Peonies are also showing their first buds.

Lily of the Valley blooming.

My first rose is open - a pink Knock Out variety.

Helen - I'd send you Captain Sparrow to deliver your Easter candy if I could...although I suspect that Captain Acorne would be fuming mad at me if I had!

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter

have an eggcellent weekend!

The sky graduating from the palest of icy blues to a warm cobalt. The only sounds as boots and dogs' paws scatter stones across the track is the chattering of the stream and the lark's song. Climbing up the rocky outcrop we pass the shiny armoured dung-beetle undertaking his Sisyphean task. His precious harvested ball slowly, slowly overcoming roots and stones. He stops as we pass.

Sitting on the outcrop - the blue lake nestles inbetween the hills; the water deposit, still, mirrors the sky. Big hairy bees penetrate the brushed velvet, pink softness of the Jerusalem Sage. We pass the daisies in the shadow of the algarroba tree that have yet to wake. The domed yellow heads not framed with white petals; the petals as yet hang like forlorn puppy ears. The distant call of a shepherd as with a jangling of bells he moves off with his flock and we reach our gate again.

What a wondrous morning.
Beyond the rose, above the ribbon of olives is my small rocky
outcrop from which I watch the world unfold.