Sunday 11 March 2018

Simply Seasonal....11th of March

Hello Lovelies,
How are you? It's been a lot milder here this week and I have been lucky enough to have a few days off work. So what have I done with my time? Well lots, but here are the prettiest bits :0)

1 ♥ Enjoying Tulips. As I could not find any Daffodils in the local shop this week I treated myself to some Tulips instead. Oh look, grown in Norfolk. They survived the arctic weather.

I chose these as I was intrigued as to how they would look once fully open.

It didn't take long until they were plump and frilly. So pretty.

And thirsty...ooops. This was a sad sight to come down to one morning.

Happily a drink revived them :0)

Their over-the-top-ness has made me smile this weekend.

2 ♥ Feeding the birds. I picked up some pink suet pellets as Robin always goes for them in the seed mix I have.

And as well as feeding him I'm increasingly leaving food for birds on my walks.

A full English Bird Breakfast by the foot bridge :0)

and a Birdy Brunch along the bridleway :0)

I love helping out our feathered friends when their normal food supply may be hard to find.

Though it's looking very springlike in a neighbours garden....Yay. Such a happy sight.

3 ♥ A Derbyshire walk. It was still pretty wintry an hour north of here on Thursday.

But I'm always happy to be in the hills.

We walked from Winster. It's not a place I have visited before. But I would love to return.

There were so many pretty views.

 and we could see that a little further north the snow was even deeper.

4 ♥ Birdsong. Looking at my Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady book I admired her beautiful painting of a Thrush.

We may not have horse drawn ploughs over 100 years later, but I'm happy the birds still survive and follow the same seasonal  cycle. I'm sure their numbers are reduced but given half a chance I'm always hopeful they can thrive.

5 ♥ Batch Baking I defrosted some frozen Raspberries and softened a cooking apple with a little sugar and water.

Then added an oaty crumble topping. I've frozen one and I'm looking forward to some for desert tomorrow.

6 ♥ Purple Crocuses. Give them a little sunlight and these beauties always look stunning in March. The sight of them always remind me of starting my blog as they featured in one of my first ever posts....eight years ago.

Wow. Happy Birthday Little Blog. You are still my happy place :0)

I hope you lovelies have an enjoyable week ahead.

Jacquie x


  1. Happy Blog-aversary! I'm glad you blog as I'm glad I found you and consider you a friend although we've never met. I love going along on your walks and seeing the stone cottages and countryside. You picked some fabulous tulips! I also love how you feed the wild birds, you are doing your part to keep your birds alive and thriving. Bravo! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. Happy blogaversary, eight years is a fantastic achievement. Gorgeous flowers, both yours and the crocuses in the neighbour's garden. Beautiful weather on your walk, it looks absolutely glorious out there. A little summer fruit from the freezer in the winter (spring?) is a treat indeed. Have a lovely week Jacquie. CJ xx

  3. Fabulous post and a Happy Blogversary! I love all your photos and those tulips are gorgeous! I love joining you on your country walks too x

  4. If you pop a 2p into the vase of tulips, it'll help them to stay straight stemmed. I don't know where I heard that, but it must have been over 30 years ago and it always works. Your landscapes are amazing - enjoy your walks.

  5. I enjoy your blog very much and always look forward to a new post. Thanks so much for brightening my day!!

  6. Happy Blog Anniversary! Thank you so much for this beautiful, bright corner that I always enjoy coming to. Blessings!

  7. Happy Birthday to your blog! It is a pleasure to read it!

  8. Wonderful shots - loved the tulips. And a happy birthday to your excellent, cheering, blog!!

  9. I love a wobbly tulip or two. Have a good week. Jo x

  10. If you put a pin or needle through the stem of the tulip near the top it will keep them upright

  11. Those tulips are stunning. Happy Birthday to your blog. X

  12. First time of visiting with you today Jacquie. Lovely photographs Jacquie. Nice to know I am not the only one who carries bird seed in their pockets to leave for our little feathered friends in this cold weather. My bird feeders are needing to be refilled most days at the moment.
    Your poor tulips did look a bit sad didn't they but so nice once they'd had a little tipple. My nanna always used to add a little bit of lemonade to her cut flowers she said the bubbles gave them the extra boost:-)

  13. Happy Birthday to your lovely blog! The tulips are sooooo beautiful...
    Have a great week, take care.

  14. I love all of your photos, but the one of all the crocus in the neighbors yard is absolutely dreamy.
    Your walks always look so wonderful. I cannot wait to live in or near the country again.

  15. What lovely photos. you got your moneysworth out of theose gorgeous tulips!

  16. I have I have scenery envy. What stunning, Evocative pictures.

  17. Hi Jacquie, beautiful photos as always. You seem to have found an enviable amount of colour! Particularly love the OTT granny squares :-) though I bet there were a lot of ends to sew in!! Look forward to seeing what you do with them x

  18. Ok and I just realised I appear to be in a time I have just commented on two posts in one... the OTT granny squares being in the post after this! silly me...


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