Days drawing out

Our winter worn hedgerows are now showing very positive signs of spring life . Not the early uncharacteristic daffodils which seemed to have no proper sense of timing and were flaunting themselves in early January but delicate clusters of snowdrops and banks peppered with joyful primroses . I say joyful as they seem to be such a happy flower open and uncomplicated .Hawthorn hedges are tinged with green as the fresh buds of tiny leaves form . As children we used to nip them off and nibble them .And everywhere there is a sense of new beginnings . I had to drive today to our local market town and as we went up the valley , we passed spring lambs just turned out in the fields now the rain has stopped . They all seem to be wearing tightly knitted curly coats (one plain one pearl , one plain one pearl )compared with their shaggy coated ever patient mothers , stoically chewing and gazing absently into the distance whilst their energetic youngsters ,tails turning like propellers , nuzzled and butted their underbellies in search of breakfast .

Today was a day for clouds , great fat white billowing clouds scudding across the skyscape, constantly changing and reforming and making a mosaic of light and shade across the hills and and fields .I think I could watch it forever .

But I thought where we were last year and how things have changed in such a short space of time and I wondered where we would be next year - but perhaps best not to .The evenings are drawing out

but it feels as though our days and years are shortening .

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  • Life is so fragile, and all the beautiful little things within it... hard to enjoy with longing for how it was and dread for what is to come.. but it is all there, and will be, long after we are all gone. You are a real poet and I always get such pleasure from your visuals, thank you.

  • Oh Georgepa how I recognise the tendency to think 'one year ago'. Now I am thinking 'five weeks today since C departed' and eventually that will also be measured in years. My neighbours here are almost all small farmers and the woman at the back has had one lamb for over a month. It hurtles around amongst the sheep, good accompaniment to doing the washing up as the window over the sink looks out onto her land. I keep hoping another ewe will give birth so the singleton can have a friend. How are things going with your CHC appeal?

    Pat

  • I have had to go to appeal and I was sent a letter saying it would be resolved and a response in 20 working days or if there was a delay I would be contacted . After 32 working days passed I phoned in and was told the file was with the quality control nurse who would be looking to have a meeting to get a local resolution - whatever any of that means . No apology just indifference to the fact that they have totally ignored their own rules of engagement : such is bureaucracy !

  • All I can say is good luck. You will no doubt need it.

  • Thank you for the lovely picture you paint.

    Your thoughts reflect mine. Where has it all gone ? All those memories - - -

    Love, Jean x

  • This time last year I was busy packing for our regular trip to South Africa! Now, S has just come home from a week in the nursing home. This time last year, I could talk to S and get a reply, now, it's a struggle for him to even respond with his thumbs.

    Don't think I will carry on with that mode of thinking!!!

    Your post was beautiful, as per normal! It is lovely to see everything bursting back into life. Our pond is full of birds, sprucing themselves up to go courting, the garden is full of males, fighting for the attention. Still waiting for the toads and frogs to arrive, it's almost getting late for them, which is a surprise! To see the sun again, thought it had gone for ever! Marie a Curie sitter due to arrive in a minute, going to take the dog out for a long walk and enjoy this very rare sight, (the sun!) hope its packing some warmth, or am I getting greedy now????

    Hope this "local resolution" means they are going to award you CHC funding, this time! Fingers crossed!!!

    Lots of love

    Heady

  • Once again you have penned a picture we can see as we read your wonderful desciption. I walked up the garden a few days ago and everything had changed. I could feel, see and smell that Spring was pushing winter out of the way. Long tailed tits fluttered around the fat balls, 6 frogs had arrived in the pond, 4 males to 2 femails (poor girls!) and the night before a hedgehog returned to our back door. I thought this was much too early so I was advised to catch it if I see it again, and weigh it. If it is 200g or above I should let it go but under, I must take it to the wildlife rescue centre. I haven't seen it since but am pleased it hadn't been killed by a neighbours dog like the 2 young ones were last Autumn.

    I do hope you soon have a positive outcome to your CHC appeal.

    X

  • Truly lovely post, Georgepa. I thank you. I do seem to see what you are describing; you have a great talent for that. Poetry, indeed. And so nice to feel a bit of spring, even at this remove. Can it really be so sweet? It's still winter here, snowing today, although the winter has been so mild that the ice fishing season barely happened, and the smelt camps, usually little temporary villages on the ice along the river banks, complete with electric lights and smoking chimneys, never appeared.

    Is there anything that gambols like a lamb?

  • How wonderful to read your post. Your words felt like the cozy blanket that I crawl under at the end of my day. Thank you for painting a picture that warms my heart.

  • THANK YOU SO MUCH GEORGPA FOR THE BEAUTIFUL PICTURE YOU PAINT ..... YOU ARE TRULY GIFTED ... HERE IN FRANCE WE HAVE HAD A VERY MILD WINTER AND ALL THE USUAL WILD FLOWERS ARE OUT IN THE HEDGEROWES AND ALONG THE IMMACULATELY MANICURED ROADSIDES

    DO YOU REMEMBER MY BEAUTIFUL AZALIAS WELL I DONT EXPECT THAT THEY WILL GIVE US A REPEAT PERFORMANCE THIS YEAR - JUDGING BY THE HOLY BERRIES OR LACK OF THEM THIS WINTER = LAST YEAR THE TREE WAS ONE MASS OF RED BERRIES BUT THERE ISNT EVEN ONE BERRY THIS YEAR NOT EVEN A GREEN ONE

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