This morning I had a brief walk in the village while I had a few minutes and it wasn’t raining. I wanted to see how the Blackthorn was doing and get some photos of a blossom tree that I noticed was flowering while driving past to work and back.

The Blackthorn flowers I posted last week are continuing to flower, and the ones nearer the house are getting close now – big fat buds. The single flower you can see in the photos below is the same flower I took photos of on Saturday and Sunday last weekend – it went from just open, to wide open, and now to so wide open it’s almost collapsed!

The blossom I mentioned was looking beautiful against the (briefly) blue sky. I saved my best photo for my other blog – you can see it here:, but here are some more:

I decided to have a closer look at the Bluebell leaves to see if there were any flowers on the way. I was delighted to find that there are! 🙂 I’m looking forward to seeing them unfurl.

The Hawthorn is looking lovely and green and fresh now with many of its leaves fully burst out:

Last week I saw that the buds on the Horse Chestnut tree were looking nearly ready to burst, and this week I see they have started to open up. The buds on the Rowan tree in the garden are too:

Various other things are growing and developing too:

I finished by trying to get a few shots of the Jackdaws who have again begun to nest in our chimney. My neighbour mentioned that they may damage the chimney by blocking it and stopping the air flow … but I can’t do much about that now that they’ve started nesting. I don’t know what to do about it really – I am very fond of them, but don’t really want the chimney to fall down!

The weather at the moment is a bit colder than it was and this morning there was a lot of hail lying on the ground, followed by more hail and rain later. According to Twitter this morning there was snow on one of the roads not far from here. It’s quite windy too which is a good thing as it blows the heavy showers away, but it’s not so nice to be out in it! If the weather’s any good tomorrow I may pop out again.

By Suzy Shipman

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1 comment

  1. I think Spring seems to have sprung remarkably fast this year! I hardly seem to be able to keep up 😉 It’s wonderful to see the bluebells preparing their flowers already. We also have jackdaws in our chimney – and starlings in our eaves too!


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