Thursday 14 March 2013

Anticipating Spring

 Hello lovelies,
Yesterday we woke to sunshine and though it was cold I couldn't wait to go for a walk in the countryside.
The trees are still bare .......

And there is only a tiny amount of blossom, you have to look hard to find it........

But walking along quite footpaths and admiring the blue sky with cotton wool clouds was bliss......

The air was crisp and fresh and the sun on my back even had a bit of heat in it.........

There was such an air of anticipation ....... from the ploughed fields ready to be planted with a new crop......... to the willows in the valley already changing colour.
 I think the weeping willows are the first trees you can really notice beginning to wake up after their winter rest..........

the fields looked like patchwork , glimpsed over the still bare hedgerows.........

And there was slushy ice on the pond........

Yes , spring has not really got going yet , but it's so close you can almost taste it. There are buds on the daffodils and the Blackbirds are busy pulling up worms, possibly for their young ?

In the churchyard snowdrops are still in flower and it's the sort of day that makes you feel very blessed to have time to slow down a bit and appreciate it......

I even found time to photograph a very sweet cottage looking lovely in the sunshine ......

A bit of online research tells me that  this sort of timbered building will have been built in the early 17th century........400 years
 I LOVE simple ,old buildings .....of course I would love to try and draw this :0)

Not long now to the Equinox. ........oh Spring , my most favourite time of year.

P.S. I haven't forgotten about the PIF....I'll draw the winners on Sunday ....hope that's ok
Jacquie x


  1. I really can't wait for spring! So far its been sunny here on the weekdays but the weekend we are due rain! Boo!

    Gemma x

  2. I wish it felt like Spring, im wearing two jumpers!!!! capture the beauty of the landscape around you so beautifully x

  3. Isn't it great to see blue skies!? Lovely photographs.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  4. Lovely Pictures...x Dinaz ♥

  5. I was walking back from school this morning - and thinking along very similar lines. My phone camera doesn't do the scenery justice. Spring feels so close - but still far away as there is still an awful lot of snow on the ground here. But it positively twinkled in the sunlight this morning, and you can't beat jumping on frozen puddles and hearing the ice snap - not sure what it looks like though - a 6ft 15 year old boy and his 40 something mum! But we had fun. xx

  6. lovely pics Jacquie and the brickwork on that cottage is wonderful....
    Spring must be just around the corner.
    Righto, I'm off to bed now to have another read through my 'new' book...

    Claire x

  7. Lovely that you could get out and enjoy the spring-like weather. Thank you for giving me five minutes to escape and enjoy the walk with you. It feels as though spring is almost here!
    Jones x

  8. I'm thinking the church photo would be a good choice for one of your lovely colored pencil drawings. Would you consider a tutorial on the steps to creating one?

  9. What lovely pictures, its lovely to see the signs of Spring. I love snowdrops. Rowen x ~ Coastal Colours

  10. Oh what very lovely photos of the beautiful countryside. Loved seeing your wee signs of Spring. Fingers cross it will soon appear. Hugs Judy

  11. Oh yes everybody is waiting for the spring to come!!
    Your photos as usual...beautifully inspiring :)

    Have a nice day!!

    Lluisa x

  12. That phrase 'cotton wool clouds' brings back lovely memories of making collages at school with blue sugar paper and cotton wool. Add a couple of hills made out of tissue paper, a river made out of foil and a little square cottage (ooh and some of those lovely 'm' shaped birds) and you've got it! Lovely pictures x Jane

  13. Isn't it lovely to see some blue skies? Gorgeous photos of the countryside. I love the effect of the brick pattern in the house in the last photo.

    Gillian x

  14. You are indeed right, we can smell spring here too when the sun is on our backs.

  15. What a lovely walk ! you're right, Spring is so close now you can almost taste it :o)

  16. We had a similar day weather wise yesterday and on a run I saw my first lambs of the year! It was a lovely sight... the blackbirds are busy making nests here and the sparrows have claimed their spot under our eaves again. Enjoy the rest of the week x

  17. its a Beautiful Place!!! i love this!!! thanks you by share

  18. what a pretty cottage - I love the brickwork!

  19. Thank you for the walk today.
    Love from Mum

  20. What lovely pictures, thank you for sharing them with us.

  21. It is so pretty where you live. Every time you post pictures, I feel envy for all that greenness. Green with envy, for real. :)

  22. Thanks for taking us for a lovely trip in your countreyside. Soon springtime.

  23. Spring's my favourite time of year too, when everything is fresh and green.

  24. Wow! The patchwork fields picture is so crisp and clear it looks like a little painting! I enjoyed these pictures so much.


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