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Beautiful Bluebells

Today we visited Otterford Lakes to see the bluebells in full bloom.  As we walked through the woods, you could see the shades of blue on the ground below the dappled trees.

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As we walked further down hill we could see the swans on the lake.

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We walked past the bridge over the lake and up to the higher meadow where there was an absolute carpet of bluebells, really lovely.

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I took some views of the lake as we walked back down.

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Some white narcissus were still blooming.

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The pink Campion flowers were coming out too.

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The first signs of Spring bring us hope

Everywhere there are snowdrops – in our garden, in the hedgerows and swathes of them on our neighbours land.

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Last year we dug up lots of snowdrops from a wild area where they were growing in the back, and planted them into the borders, front and back.  Its good to see they have taken and are coming up with the daffodils.

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It’s great to see the Primulas also in flower, and we have the first crocus bulb out in one of the pots by our front door.

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Its welcoming to see the bulbs coming up everywhere, certainly gives us hope that Spring is round the corner and perhaps we will see an end to all this rain and flooding that people have endured.

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Luckily we are OK here as we live on a hill and the water just runs downhill, but so many places have been affected, I feel so sorry for people whose houses have been flooded.

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Mad British Spring weather

We have just sat outside to have lunch in glorious sunshine.  The sky is bright blue and there is hardly a cloud in it.  Yesterday afternoon it was snowing quite hard.  What a contrast.

This morning when I let the hens out it was minus 3 degrees.  Now it is 7 degrees, that’s 10 degrees difference just in a few hours.

The Spring bulbs are responding to the sunshine.  This is one of our half moon baskets by the front door. Even the Hyacinth is popping its head up now.

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The Daffs are all out.

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And the little Tete a Tete daffs make a fine display in one of our pots.

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I’d love this weather to continue but they have forecast rain for tomorrow, so better make the most of it today and go and clean the chickens out!!

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Snowdrops at Otterford Lakes

As it was such a lovely sunny day today, when our B&B guests had gone and we had the first lot of washing on, we went for a walk to Otterford Lakes.  It’s not far from us, just up through Bishopswood a couple of miles.  We walked down to the first lake and the swans were just gliding over the still water.

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As we stood and watched them they came nearer to us and I was able to take this close up.

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We took the lower path past the waterfall.

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As we walked along the stream the sunlight was glinting on the water.

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We followed the path along the stream until we came to the second lake.

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As we walked back we were able to the see the snowdrops much better.  There were carpets of them in the woods.

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They looked so lovely in the sunshine, really made us feel like Spring is on its way.

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When we got home I noticed some of our Spring bulbs are bursting into life.  The crocus in the half moon baskets by the front door have come out.

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And the very first of the Tete a Tete daffs is out.

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We actually sat outside to have a cuppa after lunch the sun was so glorious.  I think the B&B guests who left today were jolly lucky to have this lovely sunshine and to see the view from Lodge House so clearly, even in February.

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Signs of Spring arriving

We have been having a spell of warm weather in March and it really has started to feel like Spring is here.  The flowers are responding and we have many blooms in flower.  The bees have been out and flying gathering pollen.

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Our half moon baskets by the front door are full of flower now, including the little tete a tete daffodils.

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The bumble bees have particularly been keen on the crocus.

Purple crocus in flower

The rhubarb is showing through and all the little strawberry plants have new leaves.  There are buds on the fruit trees and shoots on the raspberry canes. Also we have sheep (but no lambs) in the field behind our garage so we wake up in the morning to the sound of baa baa!!

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One of our hens, a Speckledy has gone broody on us. She just sits in the nest box all day long, and sits on the eggs the other hens lay.  I have taken to lifting her off every now and again, as I want to make sure she gets some food and water, but she just goes back there.  We don’t have anywhere to segregate her, so anybody got any ideas what to do with her?

Anyway the other hens are still laying so that is OK, we still have eggs for breakfast!!

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