We have reached the end of the gorgeous #OneWeek linky, hosted by the beautiful writer Sarah from Older Mum. Her theme this week was Spring and the entries were stunning. Why not pop across and have a read and join in for her last day.
We had sunshine, lots of lovely glorious sunshine. The weeds exploded, the grass went a bit wild and crazy and our ride on lawn mower died. Mowing our grass with a regular mower is no mean feat, it takes at least 2 hours, a lot of sweat, swearing (when the children are out of the way!) and getting eaten alive by midges.
The job was made easier though by the Cherry Blossom floating around me like confetti and the little discoveries that I found during my exhaustion breaks.
Whilst hanging over the mower handle dreaming of an oxygen tank or a spare lung, I noticed a little patch of lilac behind some trees. Further investigation led me to a beautiful little bed of Bluebells that had never been there before. I stood there for ages just admiring them, listening to the birds singing and rejoicing inwardly at the real sight of Spring.
We have had some amazing spring like weather this week, blue skies and lots of sunshine. Needless to say, I have had the girls outside as much as possible. I have apparently torn my shoulder cuff and my right arm is in agony. I can use it if I keep it waist height, anything more than that and I’m yelping. Taking them outside has let them burn energy and made things easier on me – a lot less lifting, carrying and clearing up needed!
We went on a Pooh Bear “Expotition” down to our wee wood, to see how the bluebells were coming along. I got some nice spring time shots and used some on my post for the #OneWeek linky. We had such a lovely day though, that I wanted to share them with Country Kids too. I was very proud of our youngest girl, at 16 months she managed to walk the entire distance of just over half a mile.
The Bluebells are not in bloom just yet, but the floor was a carpet of green shoots, the buds were appearing on all the trees and the birds were acting – to use the words of Thumper from Bambi – Twitterpated!
The girls were in their element and our eldest kept shouting to her baby sister to “come on into the spooky forest” – I think she was actually slightly disappointed that the forest was not in the least bit spooky!
When they finally exhausted themselves, we made the trek back home, using a combination of left hip carrying and piggy backs. It was an early to bed night in our house, with the promise to go back when the green shoot carpet has turned into a fantastic lilac blue.
If you and your children love the outdoors as much as we do, then why not pop over to Country Kids and link up and share your fun with us all.
We are very fortunate to have our own private woodland on our land. One part of it is quite ancient and planted long before we took up residence. The second part is a new addition added during our time, by the Forestry Commission. Our little tree legacy for the future. As part of the most de-forested country in Europe, we wanted to give a little back. It has been there for the best part of ten years now and so the trees are all filling out nicely and will, I hope become as appealing as the ancient part.
The weather has been amazingly good, so we decided to take a walk to the woods to see how the Bluebells were coming along. In springtime, it is just a beautiful carpet of them. The adjoining fields usually have cattle in them and they used to be able to wander in and would trample them all down, before we even got a chance to see them in all their glory. However, there are now a few Badger sets in there, which pose a risk to cattle breaking a leg in a hidden set entrance. So the farmer who rents our fields fenced it off and put a gate on, so now the cows can’t get in there and destroy it all.
The woods are just over half a mile from our house, down our back lane winding past the fields. Our girls have never walked the full distance before, certainly at 16 months, I didn’t expect the little one to make it and was prepared to carry her. However, she wouldn’t hear tell of it and marched proudly along and made it all the way on her own little legs.
As expected the Bluebells are not out just yet, but the green shoots are everywhere. We can’t wait to go back in a couple of weeks, when I think they will be spectacular.
Once more I am linking up with the brilliant Older Mum (in a muddle) blog, to take part in the Winter One Week, hosted by the lovely Sarah. Why not pop over and link up too.