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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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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.

bumble bee on the hyacinth

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

half moon basket in flower

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!!

sheep in the field behind our garage

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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Of Snow and snowdrops!

Last Monday we had snow.  Not the thick sort, but the watery sort that settled on the grass, hedges and rooftops but not on the paths.  Then it was bitterly cold all week, going down to minus 7 degress C.  Thursday and Friday the sunshine was lovely, inspite of the bitter cold, then Saturday we had light snow which turned to rain and in the course of that one day the temperature went from minus 6 degrees in the morning to plus 4 degrees by the evening.  Elsewhere on the East side of the UK they had 4 to 6 inches of snow on Saturday evening. My Dad sent over some pictures of where he lives and it was thick with snow, so here in the southwest we were lucky to escape that. And today it is a mild plus 7 degrees C, so back to suitable weather for working outside again.

The spring bulbs have been pushing through, confused by the relatively mild weather we have been having until last week.  There are carpets of snowdrops all over the place.  This is just by us.

snowdrops in bloom

We have 2 half moon baskets by the front door and they have crocus coming up.  It’s really too early for crocus, but this is a sheltered spot that faces south and gets the sun when it is out.

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We have got wallflowers in bloom and the daffoldils are in bud so will be out soon.

Wallflowers and daffodil bud

Also our Hellebores have been flowering for a couple of weeks now.

Hellebores in flower

We have been putting food out for the wild birds all winter, but last week we were diligent in keeping it topped up as it was so cold.  Mr Pheasant discovered that there was always lots of dropped seeds on the ground under the bird feeders, so he regularly pays us a visit.  This picture was taken through the kitchen window so not the clearest.

Mr Pheasant comes to visit

The chickens havn’t seemed to mind the cold weather too much.  We have had to break the ice on their drinking water every morning, and take down warm water.  The mud in the hen run has frozen over but they seemed happy to continue to spuddle about.  We have been getting between 10 and 12 eggs a day out of 15 hens, even in the cold weather, so can’t complain at that.  We stew up potatoe, apple, carrot and other vegetable peelings for them and feed them that for breakfast, which they love, but the other day my neighbour gave us some cooked peas and chips that were left over and they loved that.  You should have seen them picking up a pea and running off to eat it then coming back for another one.  They are funny!!  They have layers pellets on free demand all the time aswell, but we just use the veggies to supplement their diet, and we do get lovely yellow yolks from them.  There is nothing like a freshly laid egg from a free range hen!!

 
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