Friday, 18 March 2011
Spring comes early.
The Spring equinox is on Monday but nobody has told the weather that and today is definitely a Spring day. There are so many catastrophes in the world and so many cruelties being perpetrated; in some parts of the world no-one is safe from cruelties inflicted in the name of some cause or another. I felt the need to get out in the fresh air and flush these terrible thoughts from my brain.
The day started very well when I heard from Pamela (from the house of Edward) that I had won her wonderful Giveaway. So thank you so much Pamela - there are such lovely things on the site that I really don't know what to choose!
So, after lunch, Tess and I set off to walk on our long round walk into the village and back. We called in at the owl barn to see if there was any trace at all of the barn owls - not a thing, but we were intrigued by this gate which had been erected just outside the barn, in the middle of nowhere. What can it be for?
Further on we saw our first Coltsfoot of the year - I love these little yellow, dandelion-like flowers which come out here and there on waste ground - the flowers appearing well before the leaves. We reached our friends' house and rang the bell. Their car was there but no one answered our ring, so we sat on their garden table outside and had a little rest. As usual, their garden is looking lovely - little patches of crocus, scilla, tiny daffodils and primroses dotted here and there - so I have taken a photograph M, just to prove we were there.
How busy the rooks are. Sitting in M's garden the noise was quite deafening as they are tidying up and rebuilding their nests. I have noticed that they fly long distances with great pieces of twig in their mouths to repair their nests, but if they drop the twig as they near the nest then they never come down and pick it up, so the ground of the rookery is littered with good nest material!
I walk round the village and come back via my son's house - they are out too, so I walk along to the bottom of the lane where their neighbour has two lovely Aylesbury ducks and a handsome cockerel in a pen. I'll swear they know they are being photographed as they stand still and almost pose.
On our return journey it is good to see that the willows are looking quite golden - a sign that they are just beginning to come into leaf. And when we reach the beck we see that the first celandines are out on the side - little bright suns against the sparkling water.
Returning home I find a huge bunch of flowers in the hall - roses, carnations and chrysanthemums - who are they from I wonder? Whoever it is, the flowers and the walk have managed to drive some of the awful thoughts out of my head - that is until the next news bulletin.