Monday, 10 March 2014

When White Turns To Gold


We uncovered the old sandstone trough, silted up in the brook when we moved down here. It used to feed a bricked pipe which provided the drinking water for the house. It now stands outside the back door. I plant it up with bulbs and things in the Autumn. This year there's an explosion of blue crocus which must have lain dormant in one corner of it and have suddenly appeared. I don't even remember planting them but they're a whole little bundle of joy.
It's been a bit of a hard one, this winter. We've managed to clear two bays of the tattered bits of plastic from the poly tunnel and it's already to go to the Recycle Centre tomorrow. Trying to free it from where we buried it all underneath waterlogged soil and stones has been hard graft to say the least. Not even sure whether I want to put another sheet over it, but then, the early veggies are something else. So maybe.


The weather's been lovely today. Clumps of wild daffodils are already in bud above the stream on the Mill Bank.


And you can see where the sheep have been through the barbed wire.

 Masses of celandines all along the hedgerow.




Just heard on tonight's news that UK's Kelly Gallagher's won gold in the Paralympics in Sochi. She is visually impaired and to rely on her team mate, Charlotte Evans to guide her down the slope. So much so that she was only able to distinguish Charlotte's orange jacket and hear her instructions through her headset - travelling at 92 km, made it down to the bottom in 1 minute, 28.72 seconds. Can you imagine it! With all the other horrible news going on at the moment, I think it's just fantastic.

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  1. So happy to see spring coming somewhere...even if it isn't here.

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  2. You've made me smile from top to bottom. Well, not about the poly tunnel fix, but the sheep and the flowers are wonderful.

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    1. Joanne, your weather seems to have gone on and on - wishing lots of sunshine for you too.

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  3. 92 km per minute? I know what you meant, but it looked good. We have lots of Autumn Crocus, but no Spring ones... I really must plant some; beautiful.

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    1. I am daft - but glad you understood. She'd need to be rocket powered to go that speed :)

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  4. Love those crocus flowers - they seem to sparkle.

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    1. Well they did yesterday, they look a bit wilted today, but nice while they last all the same

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  5. Good news is always so welcome especially when it involves someone overcoming obstacles to reach their dream.

    I see spring has definitely come to your part of the world, Molly. How lucky you are. We are expecting another snowstorm tomorrow even though our temps are rising. It is nice though, that I get to virtually experience spring through your lovely pictures.

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    1. Wishing you lots of sunshine soon x

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  6. Spring is finally near! The explosion of blue crocus sounds so beautiful.

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  7. I love it when I find unexpected flowers. The crocs are delightful Molly. Moles ate all my daffodils.

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    1. Those pesky moles, little divils. Daffodils are so nice.

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  8. Wonderful to Spring on the way, isn't it? What a lovely surprise to discover those crocuses (or should that be crocus?). Our garden has daffodils coming into bloom and the promise of blubells -- and lots of buds on the trees and bushes!

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    1. I love this time of the year

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  9. We're all relishing the change in the light and the weather - worth waiting for.

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  10. The crocus are beautiful, what a lovely surprise for you!

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  11. Such lovely signs of spring, Molly, and I so agree about Kelly's achievement.

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