As seasons go – and man, do they go fast for those of us on the less popular side of 40 – spring has a lot to recommend it. The very best thing is that nature stops hiding its colourful light under a damp, grey, bushel, and comes out to frolic.
Look at these beautiful snakeshead fritillaries!
It’s trickier than usual to be miserable when there’s so much new life around, such as the bottle-fed lambs in the twinnage’s friend’s garden. Meet Alfie. Alfie is trouble.
But Alfie gets away with trouble because Alfie is cute. Yeah, you just eat those flowers, Alfie. We can always plant some more.
And spring is a great time for lying on the ground in an orchard, looking like an idiot whilst Selma of EclecticHomeLife secretly takes a photo of you.
Selma didn’t warn me that she was taking this picture. Still, on the plus side that means that there’s one less Christmas card to send out this year. 😉
And of course now’s the time when garden wildlife gets busy in a way that means I have to explain the facts of life to the twinnage. Mummy and Daddy Wood Pigeon love each other very much, and sometimes they have special cuddles on the roof, and on the telegraph wires, also in the tree, and indeed pretty much everywhere you look right now, because they’re not much good at discretion. Do please try to avert your eyes, my innocent children…
Meanwhile, after flirting with a variety of women, Colin the house sparrow has settled down to live with Sylvia in the nest box.
They’re doing OK, but sometimes they have a bit of a squabble, and Colin goes and sulks on the pergola for a while.
We also have Robyn the robin, who has figured out that quite often my presence in the garden involves digging, which leads to an easy meal. Robyn has taken to following me around at close range, and has even introduced me to one of her children. Robyn has also taken to standing on the table outside the sitting room window when I’m indoors, guilt-tripping me into going out to do some gardening. You may think Robyn is singing cutely, but actually she’s screaming FETCH ME MORE DINNER, WENCH!
Another thing I love about this time of year is that the seeds I’ve planted have had time to germinate, yet there hasn’t yet been time to over/under-water/heat them to death, so they’re looking reasonably healthy.
All those possibilities! There are peas and beans and tomatoes and herbs, as well as some flowers from seed that I gathered last autumn. Dinner should be ready in about three months’ time, OK?
Anyway, I really must stop staring out of the window and go and do some knitting…
Happy yarnery, people.