Reading My Way Around the World

Wednesday 2 June 2021

Ne'er cast a clout til the May is out

It's been a while since I posted here ... hello everyone, sorry I've been awol.   The flu bug really hit me hard last month and took ages to shift and I just lost interest in everything.  So I thought I'd come and say a quick hello.  I've lots of catching up to do especially of the scavenger hunt challenges but hopefully I'll catch up with those in the coming week.  Thank you Susan for the nudge.

We've been spending time in the garden now that the freezing cold weather has finally left and there is so much to do.   Tom's been building me a greenhouse/garden house which is nearly ready for revealing :) and I've just been pottering with veg and baskets - little bits at a time - and playing with art and mixed media and watching way way way too much tv.  However, Richard Osman's Thursday Murder Club is dragging me away at the moment - great whodunnit.     

But this evening I just had to go and take a few pics of the hawthorn blossoms turning pink - the may flower (I can still hear Terry Wogan repeating the old saying) - and it's beens splendid this year, the country clothed in white, but this is my favourite time of it - that pink is so bridal.  (pity the photos aren't in focus says you! but you get the idea.)

And we've been hugely entertained by our squirrel babies.  This afternoon I was watering not 10 feet from two of them chasing each other in and out of the feeding box.  There were 4 at one point.  

They move so fast I couldn't get anything in focus for these two...

But Tom got a couple of crackers ... 

This one was the first day we spotted all the kittens
the box is about 6 inches across

and this video had us laughing - it's only short - watch to the end
"oh it's so hard to get the place to yourself on a rainy day!" 

This weird year and a bit has left me wanting to retire and just potter.  There's been too much sadness.   Bach Flower Remedies are my daily consolation along with Deepak Chopra's lovely meditations and my journals.   I stopped my zoom classes temporarily at Easter and have been switching off but it's getting too comfortable - it will soon be time to get moving again.   Maybe I can stretch it another few weeks. 

Meanwhile there's so much to see - Mother Nature is getting on with her wonderful show of colour.  

 I hope you are all well, enjoying getting out a bit more and staying safe.  


  1. Enjoyed seeing a post pop up & OMG, those squirrels are so cute. Your garden has some lovely blossom trees & even here the Hawthorns look lovely in Spring & then again with their berries. I'd not realised you'd been so ill, so just keep taking it easy one day at a time & enjoy the warmer weather, your garden & crafting. Look forward to seeing your "glasshouse". Take care, stay safe & hugs from down under.

  2. Hi Fil - sorry about the flu ... I haven't heard many who've had it this year ... so feel for you: the more recovery you can garner ... seems a wise idea. Love Bach flowers as well as nature - I spotted a small May tree starting to bloom as I walked to town yesterday ... we had them along our driveway when I was growing up.
    I too am looking forward to Tom and your glass-house garden - sounds just what's needed ...
    Those squirrel kittens are just delightful ... what fun to see. It's raining here - a surprise after the last few days ... but good for the gardens. Take care and stay safe ... cheers Hilary


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