Thursday, April 5

in Just- spring


Just some photos I've been taking as spring begins to unfold outside. After months of bleakness you can't help but feel uplifted by spots of colour appearing everywhere.

I love this poem by e e cummings, which seems to sum up the beginning of spring perfectly, and reminds me of Easter school holidays as a child, rediscovering the outdoors after winter.

in Just-
spring          when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame balloonman

whistles          far          and wee

and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it's

when the world is puddle-wonderful

the queer
old balloonman whistles
far          and             wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing

from hop-scotch and jump-rope and




balloonMan          whistles

But it's been freezing this week. Truly cruel after last week's summertime temperatures. I was lucky enough to be outside for most of the warm weather and had a particularly lovely day with my Mum and Gran. A stroll across the fields to the garden centre where I work, taking photos of flowers, seeing the horses without their jackets on for the first time this year, beautiful blossom, lingering over coffee outside, orchids, Cath Kidston mugs and cherry bakewell flavour fudge, and a lunchtime picnic & sunbathe in the garden. Freckles and tan lines and everything! Yet now I just felt like crawling into bed with the winter blues.

Hopefully this week of cold weather will just be a blip, because I'm so ready for summer. I cope much better in the heat (I think partly due to being born during a 35 degree heatwave) - in the cold I pretty much just curl up uselessly in a corner and comfort myself with stodgy food until nicer conditions return. This behaviour does have its attractions, but I miss the sun.

I'm sure baking hot cross buns and simnel cake tomorrow will cheer me up, as well as the exciting return of Easter egg chocolate on Sunday! Happy Easter everybody!


  1. They are such lovely pictures darling, I've actually been fairly lucky with the weather over here in France!

    Pip x

  2. Such beautiful pictures. Our apple tree is starting to poke out green shoots and we have some lillies in the garden starting to nose up through the compost, can't wait till I can plant all my seeds out rather than lying awake wondering if it's too cold in the green house for them (there are holes in the green house!) Can't believe you work in a garden centre, that is basically my dream! I'd spend all my wages on plants and seeds though, haha! Your sunny day last week sounds perfect - particularly the bit about cherry bakewell fudge! Also love the poem, I do love e.e.cummings.

  3. I really quite love the second last photo.
    You write so beautifully! Reading this post was like a really nice wake up (I'm sat here drinking tea before leaving for work), though you've made me miss where I used to live a little bit. There was a fudge shop there that sold cherry bakewell fudge (and lemon meringue pie fudge..). And now I'm wondering if fudge for breakfast is acceptable.
    Happy easter, and merry simnel-hotcross-bun-baking to you!

  4. Hi Kate, A lovely blog and photos. Thanks. We're in autumn here in New Zealand, a different kind of beauty.
    Not sure if you're into the beauty of clouds but one of my favourite websites is People from all over the world send in amazing photographs of clouds, sunsets etc. Very relaxing and inspiring site.
    Cheers, Susan.

  5. Hi Kate, lovely blog and photos, thanks. We're in autumn here in New Zealand so experiencing a different kind of beauty this April. You into clouds at all? One of my favourite sites is People from all over the world send in stunning photos of clouds, sunsets etc. I find it a very inspiring site.
    cheers, Susan.