There is beauty all around us at the moment, the place is coming alive with colour.
I was awake long before these snowdrops the other morning and their little heads were closed tightly against the morning chill. Later in the day basking in sunshine they opened up again and held their drooping beauty regally.
I walk the dogs around this paddock a couple of times each day, Rosy loves to run off into the woods on the left, rooting and snuffling in the bushes to see where the badgers have been and if there are any deer resting beneath the bushes. She startles many a peacefully snoozing deer, and then usually comes back with a grin on her face.
Of course no dog walk would be complete without a cat or two. Picking up the milk or the post from the gate at the end of our drive usually turns into a furry family outing, sometimes with all four of my furry friends in attendance, but yesterday it was just me, Rosy, Suky and Archie the fluffy cat. When we got back to the house Ginger was snoozing in the washing basket.
The primroses and primulas are coming up all over the place, bringing sunshine to the darkest corners of our patch. To me they herald the start of my favorite season.
Beautiful flowers that simply demand you peer into their faces, I think these are Lenten Roses, we have them in a few colours, I found the most dramatic dark purple almost black display of them under one of the trees, flowering beautifully away in it's own secret corner.
This week has seen the emergence of the Crocuses, there was a beautiful little shaded one that I really wanted to get a photograph of, but a certain little somebody went and sat on it ......still you can't be cross at a face like this ....can you?