Friday, 20 April 2018

What a difference a day makes.

Two days of wall to wall sunshine and everyone I know looks and feels better for it.  Here in the UK it has been a long, cold and dreary winter and now, suddenly, it is Spring - at least for a day or two.   Spring flowers which have been in bud for weeks and weeks have burst into bloom today and I fear that they will be over and done with by the end of the week-end.

This morning on our weekly market I bought more alpines for the top rockery and pansies for a trough under the sitting room window.   Then I came home and planted the alpines - it took me ages as I am not really up to doing gardening jobs - but I managed it.   Then I planted my pansies, watered them and left them there to soak up the sun.

Summer clothes are emerging from wardrobes - slowly.   Mine might even start moving tomorrow (with my mother's voice ringing in my ears - ne'er cast a clout til May be out!   In my day winter vests and liberty bodices stayed put until the first of May come what may in the way of weather.

18 comments:

Rachel Phillips said...

Cast not a clout till May is out always referred to the may blossom on the hawthorn in this county. The warm, dry weather is certainly cheering up the farmers around here who are working all hours on the land catching up on being a month behind with planting.

Frugal in Essex Tania said...

Weaver, it's been beautiful and I'm loving it. A farmer I spoke to yesterday quoted a saying to do with Ash and Oak blossom concerning the weather. They have a contract with a large supermarket for onions and it's been disastrous so far. I really felt for them. They are really behind in planting.

Gwil W said...

High Pressure Norbert is responsible, if I'm not mistaken. It's very nice whatever its name is. We've might get some thunder showers on Sunday afternoon. One of the children in that Syrian hospital has revealed there was nothing wrong with him. They were told to go to the hospital for food. It was a trick. It was a false flag. Three politicians should hang their heads in shame and apologise to the world.

justjill said...

Sadly its wall to wall false news. Hey ho. Yes our garden is rushing to bloom too and our farmers out ploughing like fury. For the last few days I watched a neighbour's last ewe(yow in Doric) of 6 pace up and down waiting to give birth. I have no finger nails left.

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

Three consecutive hot days better than anything last year. And it's April!

Terra said...

That is great when spring turns warm and it sounds like the farmers are happy too.

Joanne Noragon said...

Our days are getting warmer, day by day. However, have risen to an inch of snow two days this week. Fortunately, it was gone before supper, because the air was warm, not because the sun was in force. May it continue so!

Chris Elliot said...

We are definitely behind last year's weather but it is looking good for this weekend - up to 15C by Sunday!

Susan said...

I was a sickly child and my mother insisted I wear a liberty bodice for all but the warm summer months. I hated that thing.

Ellen D. said...

I had to google the phrase "liberty bodice" because I had no idea what that was. Now I see it is sort of a heavy undershirt, right? So interesting to me to learn the phrases of people around the world through the blogs I read. Thank you for sharing your life and your language! Brings people together!

Derek Faulkner said...

Several hot and sunny days here on Sheppey (28 degrees) and it has felt like July/August. The seafront has been busy, people are out in shorts and lightweight clothes, I've enjoyed a couple of cycle rides, the gardens look magnificent and the happiness ratings have suddenly soared. How much we've needed this boost to our spirits after a long winter and people who allow the doom and gloom of politics to darken their every day.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Sounds like a lovely day. We are promised some sunshine next week - even going up to 71 degrees a couple of the days - we'll see - we have become weather skeptics around here - such a long and wet winter/spring. I sometimes think it isn't April - but the 96th of January. Hope your sunshine lasts - and we actually get some.

thelma said...

Too hot to garden here, can you believe it! But what glorious weather.

Sue in Suffolk said...

Late catching up with blogs
My mum over ruled my Auntie about the wearing of Liberty Bodices.....thank goodness!
Just a few more days of sun and warmth and we will all feel so much better.

Rachel Phillips said...

We had winter vests and summer vests. Wool for winter, cotton for summer.

Heather said...

Glorious weather at last - we just have to make the most of each lovely day. I think we have to dress for whatever weather each particular day brings. Our climate is so erratic these days. Your garden is going to look wonderful.

Minigranny said...

Well done you for all that effort in the garden - it will soon be looking lovely. I could never decide whether it was the month or the May blossom being out meant we could cast a clout!

co coya said...

I was a sickly child and my mother insisted I wear a liberty bodice for all but the warm summer months. I hated that thing.
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