Sunday, 7 April 2013

Waiting for spring

Could there be a hint of spring in the air?



I think these ducks still need some convincing!



Although there is still some ice lying around, emerging buds are appearing on the branches.


And the sky is very blue and for once that bitterly cold wind is absent.


Can you hear the birds singing and smell the new growth?




  I discovered the first cow parsley in flower in a sheltered spot!

  Back in the garden the daffodils and grape hyacinths have recovered from the cold.


This weekend we managed to get into the garden and sort out  the vegetable beds. We also picked our second crop of rhubarb - the terracotta rhubarb forcer works so well  - elsewhere in the garden the rhubarb leaves are only just emerging.

I hope you found promising signs of spring/autumn  this weekend too! I know we British are notorious about talking about the weather, but it seems such a long winter!

Welcome to my new followers Sarah, AnneSeagull SuzieRoberta, CJ Quilter, Wandering Minstrel, and Arietia it's lovely to have you all on board!

Sarah x

39 comments:

  1. The photo with the ducks on the fence is a comical image - it makes you smile.
    Spring is going to come in with a great swoosh - I feel it in my bones. This time last year I was showing cherry blossom and magnolia, and at the moment those little blooms seem weeks away, but glad you are enjoying your rhubarb.

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    1. The ducks made us smile too when we saw them! Luckily they didn't fly away as we tried to get closer to take the photo!
      Sarah x

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  2. Dearest Sarah!

    WE MINNESOTANS also gab about the weather, because our lives revolve around the cold! It looks as if we are on the same latitude; there are just patches of ice now, the mallards are gathering, the woodpeckers are out, but still no sign of green. It was not as bitterly cold this morning, so I attempted to walk and investigate!

    It looks as if Daisy is your private investigator into spring. I trust she will find some sign of life as she goes out and about!

    Good to see you my dear. Enjoy waiting! Anita

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  3. Ah for a terracotta rhubarb forcer, A bucket with a hole in the bottom not as good (doesn`t retain the heat you see)glad to see your weather as good as ours at the moment

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  4. Sunshine and flowers at last Sarah! Lovely! CT x

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  5. Dear Sarah,

    Oh you already have daffodils and grape hyacinths in bloom....and your second batch of rhubarb! Nature is ahead in your part of the UK! I did a lot of work in the garden as well today. It feels so good being outside again. I enjoyed the photo's from your garden and the surrounding countryside. It's so different then ours!

    Wishing you a lovely new week!

    Madelief x

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  6. I think we're allowed to talk about the weather just now - it really is strange. Mind you, when does it ever do what we expect it to do?! Juliex

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  7. I love spring. It was a wonderfulll sunny weekend in Holland. Lovely greetings, Jolanda

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  8. Dear Sarah,
    These photos are so bright and lightful that I can see spring knocking on your door!Yes, warmer sunny days will certainly come soon and I wish you all happiness and insouciance this season can bring you.
    Warm regards
    Olympia

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  9. Love those ducks!
    The garden is starting to stir now, and yesterday was lovely.
    Come on Spring, where are you?

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  10. Thank you for sharing the seasonal changes - love seeing them. Would also like to know what the first three ducks are looking at?!! So cute. x

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    1. They didn't look as if they were looking at anything in particular! I think they like us were enjoying the sunshine and it is a good spot to get a view of the nature reserve.
      Sarah x

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  11. Hi Sarah,

    You will be so happy to have signs of Spring there and how much nicer it will be walking sweet Daisy in the warmer weather. Love the cute ducks in a row and the lovely daffodils and grape hyacinths.
    Happy new week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  12. Those ducks are too good!

    Can you believe that yesterday it was a beautiful day in St Ives, and today it is cold and wet!!!!

    Leanne xx

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  13. Great photos, I love the ducks on the fence picture. Spring is really slow in the Peak District this year but I spotted lots of signs of spring in Yorkshire yesterday. It's much more advanced with you in the south though!

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  14. I love your photographs, especially that one of Daisy! Spring is springing at last and time in the garden was so enjoyable today, with a little warmth in the sun. We actually had to water!!

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  15. lovely shots! you must be looking forward to warmer weather.
    i was watching a documentary about the world's weather. apparently the UK is getting colder and it's getting hotter here, so we're not just imagining it.
    x

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  16. Oh how I loved the photos...it really is spring. It's here! surely...

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  17. Beautiful photos. I hope spring arrives in full force there very soon.

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  18. Your 1st photo made me smile, they look like they're waiting for something as they're all looking in the same direction. That's a shot well caught on camera.

    My daffs are so late in coming, there's some leaves but no signs of the flower as yet although there's lots in the countryside around here. I want Spring now, Winter seems to not want to go away. I don't mind the cold so much as long as there's a little bit of sunshine and a blue sky but I don't think I'll get that today.

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  19. Oh I hope so, we've had a lovely weekend, bit colder today! :) x

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  20. yey! Spring is here at last! although I had to still scape the car at 6.45 yesterday to go to work!

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  21. ~ Those ducks warmed the heart, Sarah! I know just what you mean...I stepped out the door yesterday and thought...WOW the cold easterly wind has 'blown away'....~ certainly gives you a spring in your step to see peeping flowers that have blossomed with the warm sunshine over the weekend....Lovely pictures as always...Maria x

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  22. lovely ...I wish we could grow daffodils here...it's not cold enough!
    Bec x

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  23. How lovely for you that it's warming up and you could spend time in the garden.

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  24. What lovely photos, very spring-like. I love the ducks on the fence!

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  25. Gosh, cow parsley already! I can still see snow on the hills but it has gone from here in the river valley now and I did find one corner of a canal path where there was blossom at the weekend.

    Hope the sun's still shining on you :)

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  26. Oh I do love it when I can get all my ducks in a row. LOL Great post loved all the visual candy!

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  27. Great picture of the ducks on the fence. It made me think of the expression "having your ducks all in a row." You Brits aren't the only ones who obsess about weather. Canadians are every bit as bad! :-)

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  28. Hello Sarah,
    Wonderful photos and ducks are one of my favorites. I could watch them all day. What a sweet girl your Daisy is. Have a lovely day.

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  29. Yes we are all waiting for spring and I am sure it will come. Your beautiful photo's tell us so.
    Have a nice week.

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  30. Spring has gone away again! It's warmer but storms are on the way. I feel like everything is holding back in the garden. Great pictures as ever.

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  31. It's so lovely to see blue skies, it makes my heart sing .. Sarah x

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  32. It's been a long winter here, too. But today, I was caught off guard with the warmth!

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  33. Love the ducks - a great shot to catch! Your fences are really wide if those big ducky webbed feet can stand on them. Love the colourful flowers, too. We are still a bit behind you here in Wales. All the best :)

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  34. Thank you Sarah and I'm glad you and Daisy enjoyed my little guy. Opie is getting better about wearing his little hat. I was surprised that he left it on for the video. Have a great day!

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  35. I so know the feeling - it is ever so slowly in this year.

    Nina x

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  36. I really like the picture of the ducks! Spring is coming!

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  37. Hello!!
    I am so excited to of stumbled upon your blog and am thoroughly enjoying looking through all your photos.
    I'm from the North East but Dorset and the south west has always intrigued me and it's lovely to see such gorgeous photos of the area. I actually got to visit once and have since done a skydive to raise money for the ape rescue sanctuary there.
    My partner was born in Bristol and lived in Somerset as a child so I hope that we may move back to the Dorset or Somerset area eventually.
    Twinkle and Daisy are so cute by the way!!

    Best wishes,
    Danielle.
    http://underlandtowonderland.blogspot.co.uk/

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