Hello from Sunday night; which turned into Monday night again

April 16, 2018

Hi everybody,
I’m in England.
Just got here four days ago from a month away in Kelowna on baby and watch helping Kerstie and Adam with the girls and letting my daughter get a little extra rest.
I’m happy to report that my newest little grandbaby, Nate, was born April 5th. We are all so happy.

I’m also very happy baby Nate came on the 5th because I really wanted to be back in England with Robbie and for the wedding of our dear friends Nic and Sarah. Their wedding was last Saturday. It was a beautiful celebration, and we partied till far too late.

But I got out for a field walk today with my camera because I wanted to show you my little corner of Oxfordshire.
It’s bright and alive with spring.

I walked to the corner field and guess what I saw…

The field is being used as a nursery!

Aren’t they the cutest things ever?

Back past our house and into the fields.
The weather’s a little variable right now.
One minute it’s so warm that all you need is a sweater and the next minute a cold wind blows in making you grab a jacket.

The hedgerows are starting to bloom.
The first blossoms are on the sloes but the hawthorns and crabapples are in bud.

At the end of the third field is a stand of poplars and they serve as a rookery for the crows.
Boy, they’re a noisy bunch.

Here the pollard willow has sprouted new, fresh shoots.

And I found some four-leaf clovers in the fresh growth.

Good luck for me. 😀

In one of the fields I found a lot of pigeon feathers all blown about.
I wondered if the feathers were the result of the pigeony spring thing or if someone else got lucky…perhaps the fox of hawk.

Around my fields were some signs of winter damage; like this willow.

I expect it’s been blown over during the winter and some parts are uprooted…

…but there’s enough roots left for it to keep on keeping on.
And that’s really good because the bees are out and so are the giant bumblebees; which look like fat, black grapes.

I snapped off a little hawthorn branch on my walk and spent a lovely hour at my art table drawing it in ink on some rice paper.

And then I went on-line and ordered a bunch of art supplies.

I can’t wait to get busy with art again.
How’s spring springing along in your corner of the old globe?

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11 Comments

  • Reply Masha April 16, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Well, congratulations on your new grandson, and congratulations to your friends who got married. In my neck of the woods my trees already have green leaves on them, but they are not full yet, flowers will follow. Lovely post.

  • Reply Robert Frank Gasch April 16, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Glad that you are back in England again. Photographs are both lovely and interesting. Thank you for sharing. Congratulations on your grandson. Best wishes to your friends.

  • Reply Susan April 16, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Beautiful countryside. Your walk sounds delightful. Sheep grazing, fields of green, and trees in flower….Spring and rebirth. Spring in MA seems to be on hold. We have cold wind-swept rain. Tomorrow is to be less rain and cloudy. Our Spring flowering is very much delayed, due to very cool temps. Congratulations on new baby, Nate. Sounds like a fabulous wedding. Dancing the night away is always the best. Good times shared with great people.

  • Reply Debra She Who Seeks April 16, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Welcome to Nate and congrats to his happy parents and relatives! Looks like Spring is in full swing in England. We had snow today here in Edmonton but missed the big snowstorm that hit Red Deer and Calgary.
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  • Reply Julie April 16, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    Congratulations to Kerstie and Adam! How exciting … lovely to hear that you are back in the UK again V, must be super being back with your man! Please say hi to him from us .. Big hugs to you

  • Reply Marian Bonelli April 17, 2018 at 1:16 am

    Of V. I have missed you, it has been me who has been a bad follower…

    Thank you for your wonderful post, and bringing us with you on your walk.

    I too am in England presently, working, in Somerset at the moment! In or on? The Mendips!

    Take care, love m xx

  • Reply Shammy April 17, 2018 at 2:59 am

    Congratulations on the birth of a brand new grandson. Babies are the best! Sadly, no more babies to come in my family, or so I have been told. How lovely to be in England in the spring. I miss England so much, more as I get older. Snow, rain, ice and wind here in S Ontario.

  • Reply Molly April 18, 2018 at 1:14 am

    What a lucky little boy with all those big sisters!
    Congrats Granny.
    And thanks for lovely English countryside pics. So beautiful.

  • Reply Ariane Reichardt April 18, 2018 at 2:46 am

    Dear Veronica,
    welcome to Nate and congrats to his parents and to you, dear ‘Granny’! ;-D

    Spring is coming, right?! Love to you,
    x Ariane
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  • Reply sarah April 18, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Congratulations and many blessings to your family on the new arrival 🙂

    Your intercontinental life fascinates me, I don’t think I could do it myself. Do you feel constantly torn, or is your life contentedly double, I wonder.

  • Reply Daryl April 25, 2018 at 7:48 am

    how wonderful to get myself back to blogging and find you have too!

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