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Sunday, 8 February 2015

Coffee in the garden - yes really!

One thing about having double glazed windows and doors is that it cuts out the sounds from outside - sometimes this is a good thing but I love to open the back door when I come down in the mornings just to hear as well as see what is going on outside!  This was the view this morning about 8.30 am - the frost was white but the sun was shining and the sky blue.  We've had some lovely bright days here recently but the north easterly wind has made it bitterly cold but this morning the wind seemed to have dropped and the birds were singing in the wood and all was well with my little world.

I had a wander round the "estate" and noticed that the snowdrops were almost in flower and there were also a few brave primroses in bloom (and a lot of tidying up needing doing too!)

 Back indoors the daffodils I had bought at the Trading Post when I did my shopping there over two weeks ago are still looking lovely and fresh out in the unheated conservatory where I put them on the table so I can see them from the living room.  They wouldn't have lasted long in the house in the warm but seem to be happy out here.

 I also bought these little irises from the same place the following week and they too are looking good.

And the geraniums seem to be happy enough even though the temperature is rarely above 7 or 8 degrees in the conservatory and often almost freezing at night - in the summer when the sun is higher I have to move the plants or they would get burned to death but just now there is no danger of that! The daffodils in the background are the remains of a pot of tete a tetes I bought before Christmas which lived out on the table till recently.  Once they have properly died off I will plant them in the garden.  All these flowers gave a real lift to my spirits and made me feel happy.  I am no Pollyanna and can be a miserable as the next person when I get one of my grey blanket periods but it's hard to be "down" when the flowers and birds are sounding and seeming so bright and happy and there is a real feeling of hope and that spring can't be far away now.

By 11.00 o'clock the sun had a certain amount of warmth to it although the frost remained where the sun didn't reach and when I noticed that the blue bench was in full sunlight I wiped off the damp and took an old cushion and my mug of coffee outside and sat there for 20 or 30 minutes.  Sheer santosha moments as I closed my eyes listened to the birdsong and felt the heat of my mug bringing warmth to my hands, my sleeves pushed up a bit to maximise the Vit D I might get, my mind wandered and for those few minutes I was truly in the moment and at peace with the world!  I checked the temperatures and discovered it was 15 degrees on the bench in the sun and only 5 in the shade.  When I came back into the kitchen there was a welcoming smell of casserole wafting from the oven as lunch was cooking another moment of happiness and I felt a sudden urge to make some flapjacks since the oven was on and they would take but a moment to make.

The washing had finished by then and I put the sheets and towels on the line - I did manage to get a couple of big bath towels dry outside last week in the wind and wondered if the sheets might dry today.  There's something so pleasing about seeing washing blowing on the line knowing that when it comes in it will have that wonderful fresh air dried smell I think.  I really can't imagine not being able to line dry my washing although I know not everyone can. By the way that isn't one of my sheets on the ground but some agricultural fleece in an attempt to warm the soil a little in readiness for the spring planting - looks filthy as cats or badgers seem to have walked all over it leaving muddy prints!

As I write this I have just had a cup of tea - not outside as there is no sun in the garden now - and a piece of flapjack and then fetched the sheets (dry) and towels (still damp) in from the line.  It gets cold very quickly once the sun goes down but it is so lovely to have the daylight till 5.30 or so now.  I don't think I would cope with living any further north where although the summer days would be very long winter would be so dark.

During the time that I haven't been blogging nor using the computer as much I have had more time for other things and have completed a crochet shawl started some months back. I used yarn I bought to make a bolero years ago and never finished!

I have been reading too and this was one of the books I read.  It was a well researched book at times shocking, frightening, horrifying and many other similar adjectives and not an easy read but one that maybe should be read widely as just becuase we don't see or know about what is going on in our world doesn't mean it isn't happening.  The book is about climate change and capitalism and whether or not one shares the author's views there is no doubt that climate change is happening.  There is a blog too under the same name if you are interested.  If you have read it I'd love to know your views as it is a book that cries out to be discussed.

 As a bit of light relief to all this doom and gloom I also read a book I'd bought in a charity shop just before Christmas thinking that if the Wanderer who was to visit then wanted something extra to read it might suit - she didn't read it but I did and I loved it!  It tells a story of a friendship between two very different women. There have been others, books I mean, but none I can particularly recommend or perhaps it is that I can't remember what they were!

Same view at 5.40 and I'd better stop waffling on now especially as it's Sunday today and not really one of my 3 days a week computer days!


  1. I think Jane, you have summed up the beginnings of spring......great isn't it! :)
    V x

  2. so lovely to have some warmth in the sun at last! And the snowdrops really give one hope for the beginning of spring. What a beautiful shawl, the colours are wonderful! C x

  3. Lovely bench, scarf and photos
    Its wonderful to see spring.

  4. What a difference a warmer day makes. I have had a surge of energy and whisked away all the dead leaves, weeded garden beds and put compost round the roses! All in a warm hour...maybe the same hour you were enjoying!

  5. Sounds like a blissful day. We've had bitterly cold weather here too, but today it was warm enough to open the windows, it was lovely. I love love love your shawl, beautiful.

  6. What a wonderful day
    Julie xxxxxxxx

  7. How wonderful to sit in the sun, even if only for a few minutes. Thank you for sharing your lovely photos too.

    I have been racking my brains this morning trying to remember what it is I was going to bake today, then I come and read your lovely posts and I remember, flapjacks! Thank you :)

  8. Oh how I miss those pots of Spring flowers and bunches of Daffodils for sale...


  9. I had coffee in the garden yesterday, too. Isn't it a wonderful feeling? And today I have bought the biggest toughest brush I can find to attack winter's debris.

  10. What a treat to sit in the garden for a while. Then after, you have the outside on the inside when you surround yourself with flowers too! It looks like we both enjoyed our Sunday's.!!! x

  11. What an utterly lovely post, thank you so much.

  12. Dear Jane

    Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment on my recent post. I felt that I should reassure you that I'm OK. I have been through a rocky patch towards the end of last year and have had to make some difficult personal decisions but things are looking up for me now and I'm feeling more positive with each day. I'm working on some new writing and a new blog too, which I may make public, I'm not sure yet. I would love to continue our blog friendship which began almost with my first ever post. I will of course let you know if I decide to go public and where to find me.

    With love and best wishes.

  13. Dear Jane,
    Such a lovely, homely post. Fresh laundry flapping on the line, pots of flowers here and there, snowdrops outside and the clear cold spring air warmed ever so slightly by the sun. Delightful.

  14. Lovely post! And a lovely lovely shawl! Those colours are wonderful. My Mum's garden where I do my gardening has two seasons in it at one time. The front garden is always very cold, shaded by a huge oak and lots of beeches but the back is really sheltered by high hedges and must be at least 5 degrees warmer! I found the cat sunning himself in such a warm corner last week it could easily have been May! But spring definitely is on the way! x

  15. Just catching up Jane, albeit a few days late! The weather has been good here too so I've been out and about and being busy. I love the signs of new growth in the garden, especially from the snowdrops and hellebores; and the nights are getting lighter and the mornings too. Hooray, we've turned a corner and Spring is on the way....... better not speak too soon!

  16. PS I should have said how lovely that shawl is. Some zingy colours and very fetching. Is it an easy pattern? I hate knitting but can manage to sustain the interest in crochet and I have 100grms of some variegated yarn hanging around. Would that be enough for the shawl? Let me know!

  17. Feeling the same way too, Jane, sun shining brilliantly this morning which prompted me to get off my bum and BLOG! Crocus and primroses coming up already. But still a place for the hearty stews and bread and butter pudding for afters! Lx

  18. A lovely post Jane, unfortunately the sun has been in short supply here, but I love listening to the birds, they are definitely tuning up for spring. This is definitely my low time of year, like so many. It's hard to get motivated but a bunch of daffs, a clump of snowdrops or the robin sing his head off is enough to raise the spirits.


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