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After treating myself to a nice book (100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet) I found it difficult to stop. But I also had to get a wee encyclopedia of crochet  since I’m still a novice with the single needle. I have tied the primroses into a wee posy that sits neatly inside a new Ikea shot glass, the shamrock and thistle are single testers and I did already have some appropriate colours handy. Overall pretty pleased with making flowers and can sit watching telly whilst getting on with a few leaves.
The hinged frame is covered with a set of floral stamps, I really should give it an other coat or two of varnish but one will do for now I think. Patience is not my strong suit when it comes to watching paint dry!

primrosesknitted thistle and shamrockfloral stamp frame
floral stamp frame back

Speckled Wood butterfly, behaving exactly as described here.
Very fluttery and quick but I stalked them till they sat still for a moment. The male could be chasing another male or a female, either way they make a wee walk more fun., ‘specially the bit where you lean too far over the edge of the path and nearly slide downhill into the undergrowth… eek!

Speckled Wood Butterfly Speckled Wood Butterfly
May Blossom Bluebells

Another spring, and despite the “smog” took a set of photys around the top of the hill. Comparing them with those from last year (about a fortnights difference), the same plants are out but there might be a bit of cross over with the primroses still in flower.
After ten years I have finally caught the fabled Duke of Argyle’s Teaplant, the winter conditions and the warm dry spring must have prompted it into flower. Or I have just wandered past it for all those years? Nahh!
The number of orange tailed bumblebees took me by surprise too. At first I was sure that only one was following me around till I came to the whins – there were more than a dozen of them! but would they sit still for me, of course not.

I have included the sign describing the castle, click on it for a large, readable version.

And here is the song Another Spring performed by Nina Simone… enjoy

Duke of Argyll's Teaplant lilac
may blossom - hawthorn wallflower
ivy flowers fern furl
Orange Tailed bumblebee bluebells
red dead nettle and primrose Halton Castle signage
buttercup dandylion

I have to admit that last years photys were brighter and more colourful. Sunnier day, or sunnier photygraffer?

  1. Duke of Argyll’s Teaplant
  2. light colourd lilacs
  3. may blossom (hawthorn)
  4. dark orange wallflower
  5. sinister ivy flowering
  6. fern furl
  7. annoyed Orange Tailed bumblebee
  8. english bluebells
  9. primrose, goosegrass (stickywullie), red deadnettle
  10. Halton Castle sign, click to read
  11. buttercup
  12. dandylion

Female Orange Tip butterfly, only showing the green and white pattered underwing, but how fluffy and perfect is she? Glad I left the Honesty to flower and it is already making the lovely seed “pods”.

Quite unnoticed by me the forgotten pot and bucket of grape hyacynth (muscari) had grown, multiplied and bloomed! So jolly and springy. And today it promises to be warm again. The daffs are out in the street too so here’s hoping they are left alone for us all to enjoy.

A bit straggly I know but has made me feel more optimistic about restoring the wee flower bed and rejigging the space in the coming months.

bucket o flowrs

The deep glowing blue of the flowers is not represented accurately, my wee camera does tend to freak out with some colours but I didn’t want to fiddle with the pic.

grape hyacynth

Also awake is the first wee violet, these lettle devils are impossible to move so I’m just letting them grow wherever unless they are a nuisance.

violet

forsythia – pruned last year to get rid of the longest straggly branches, this has forced the flowers in nearer the base.

forsythia

Spring’s Near a few pics taken whilst stumbling about the locality in the past couple of days… will caption them later 🙂

crocus clump primrose spring fungi Aminata Fulva
crocus crocus clump spring fungi

This is the day that is supposed to be hot. Looking out at the view first thing I saw the morning mist and decided to take myself to the Victorian water tower, before the sun really got going. Dug out my teeny radio and fixed it to the shuffle, pocketed the camera and set off with the intention of a half hour each way. As usual I got to my destination, turned round and got side tracked, disorientated and almost lost on the way back home!
Here are twelve wee pics of there and back, including some big vistas, the water tower, dry ski slope and minature railway. The big thing you are missing out on is the loud and continuous bird song. Excellent!

Friday walk oneFriday walk twoFriday walk threeFriday walk fourFriday walk fiveFriday walk sixFriday walk sevenFriday walk eight
Friday walk nineFriday walk tenFriday walk elevenFriday walk twelve

…one early morning. Not so early and with my coffee and biscuit in one hand and wee camera in the other, and I even had to nip home for a new card and batteries. So please enjoy my hour and a half wander round Castle Hill.

  1. whins (gorse)…mmm that coconut scent
  2. broom with their little bean pod shapes
  3. may blossom (hawthorn) cast yer cloots if you wish!
  4. lilacs, unlucky to have in the house?
  5. field of baby ferns emerging from their dead
  6. english bluebells drooping grcefully behind a wall
  7. fern skeleton and new hawthorn blossom, old meets new
  8. a huge and slightly annoyed bumble bee
  9. buttercups from my front door – yes it’s meant to be a patch of “weeds”!
  10. wild turnip, …really?
  11. baby oak leaves unfurling and looking a soft and shiny

Gorse or WhinsBroomHawthorn BlossomLilac BushFern FieldEnglish BluebellsLast Year-This Year Big Bumble BeeButtercupsWild TurnipOak Leaves

primroses blossom dandylion

blossom18april09_500pxHappy cherry bossom, blue sky and a first listen to ‘Sax Pax for a Sax’ by Moondog
So far a pretty good day!

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