Freshly Emerged

From behind the furry covering, the fresh yellow stamens are now appearing on the Willow catkins. They’re clean and new and fresh. Some are all the way out now, and others just peeking. They looked lovely in the sunshine yesterday morning 🙂 IMG_1580-Edit IMG_1581-Edit IMG_1577-Edit IMG_1579-Edit

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Fresh.”



Yesterday the weather turned nasty again with strong winds and lots of rain. If you are in the UK you may have seen my local town Aberystwyth on the news again as a big tide was predicted along with the strong winds. It wasn’t as bad as in January but the sea did crash over the prom again last night and cover it with sand and some debris. As the weather wasn’t pleasant I only went out for things I had to do, like shopping, and no walks were possible. Probably for the best really as I was recovering from a migraine on Friday and wasn’t really up to much.

Today the weather has improved. It’s calm and bright, though there is a cold wind. It’s a bit showery but enough dry spells in between to get out for a walk. I’m still not 100% so I didn’t go too far – just down the hill to see the Snowdrops, and far enough up the hill to check on the Crocuses.

The Snowdrops were looking great – nice big clumps of flowers now:

In the hedgerow, there were lots of catkins as there have been for a while, but now they are opening or expanding or whatever it is called when catkins get longer and looser. Up the hill there were more catkins of a different sort – much longer and danglier:

The Crocuses aren’t open yet, but there are a lot more flower buds now, and a whole new clump that I’m sure wasn’t there last week. I’m looking forward to them opening up soon.

I had a check on one of the primroses I mentioned last week and one of the flowers is now wide open:


There are lots of flower buds on the daffodils now, though the stems are still quite short, so it may be a while before they are flowering:


Near the Crocuses was a small clump of Snowdrops which is a bit further behind the ones down the hill. I think it’s because they’re on the side of the hill in the shadow of a hedge so don’t get so much sun:


Back home, I had a quick look around the garden before heading indoors to the warm. The Forsythia has just begun to flower, with 3 flowers so far – it will soon be a mass of yellow once they all come out. It’s one of those bushes that flowers before its leaves come which seems a strange way round to do things. Also I took a picture of the Buddleia which has lots of shoots ready to grow back big and strong again and give me lots of photos opportunities with the butterflies in the summer.

I did also get a lovely shot of the Gorse today, but I’ve saved that one for my photography blog – go and look if you want to see it 🙂



edit-7985A photo from the hedgerow during our walk yesterday. It has quite a wintry look to it, which is appropriate considering it has gone colder. Brrr




Snowdrop shoots

The weather has improved and the storms are now over. The clear up has got underway in town, and out here all is calm and there’s even been some sunshine! It has turned a lot colder, but that is the price we pay for calmer weather I guess.

Today we went out for a walk around the village, which was nice despite the cold. I spotted these Snowdrops getting started near the wall by the church. I’m not sure if it’s a bit early or about right. After last year’s late spring I’m wondering if we’ll have an earlier one this time.

I also saw some leaves emerging in the hedgerow which again makes me think spring may be early. And there are loads of catkins.

Fungi near the pond

In the soggy areas near the village pond the fungi that had been growing everywhere seem to have mostly disintegrated into a slimy mess which isn’t all that pleasant. Perhaps it has been too soggy even for fungi! There are a few left intact though.

Also on our walk today we saw some Chaffinches and Blue Tits, many berries, and a daisy, as well as some reminders of autumn with a leaf hanging on still, and oak galls that have been there for months on a small oak tree. The Chaffinches don’t seem to visit out garden any more, but it’s good to see they’re still around the village.