monday verse: nuts in may

May come up with fiddle bows, May come up with blossom, May come up the same again, The same again but different. from Nuts in May by Louis MacNeice The blossom on our fruit trees this year has been the best since we planted them. We've had flowers for the first time on our pear, … Continue reading monday verse: nuts in may

monday verse: the cherry trees

The cherry trees bend over and are shedding, On the road where all that passed are dead, Their petals, strewing the grass as for a wedding This early May morn when there is none to wed. The Cherry Trees by Edward Thomas I love it when blossom is blown from trees, and swirls through the … Continue reading monday verse: the cherry trees

a good friday walk

After a succession of sunny days, we had rain this morning, but it brightened up enough this afternoon to tempt me out for a walk. Signs of spring are all around, and the birds are singing madly, providing me with a constant soundtrack. Most of the catkins are past their best now, but the pussywillow … Continue reading a good friday walk

weekly photo challenge: seasons

February is often the coldest and snowiest month for us, so this year has been has been a bit of a surprise. We've had cold, wet days, some frosts overnight, and a few wintry showers, but we have also had a lot of sunshine, and one day when the temperature hit 20 degrees centigrade. It's … Continue reading weekly photo challenge: seasons

silver flowers

I've been very busy in my workshop for the past few days, and I thought I'd share some of the fruits of my labours. First up, here are some floral designs. The inside of the flowers has been oxidised, whilst the rest of the surfaces have been polished. I love the contrast between the shiny … Continue reading silver flowers

weekly photo challenge: force of nature (quince blossom)

A few days ago, I posted a picture of the buds on our quince tree. After a few days of warm sunshine, they have opened in spectacular fashion. The tree is smothered in blossom, which not only looks wonderful, but also has a very heady, jasmine-like scent. We'll have to do a bit of selective … Continue reading weekly photo challenge: force of nature (quince blossom)

may flowers

March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers, according to the old rhyme. We actually had a very dry, sunny April, but nevertheless, we do indeed have a beautiful display of flowers now that May is here. The quince tree hasn't quite made it to full bloom yet, but we have high hopes. It's … Continue reading may flowers