It's that time of the year again ... when each warm day and spot of sunshine brings out a little bit more. A little bit more hope, a little bit more growth and a little bit more wanting to get your hands into soil and just get on with things. But I'm holding back, well I have to really until the polytunnel is covered and ready for use, but in the meantime I can potter about doing a bit of tidying here and there. Pull early weeds out of beds and generally get things ready.
And in the meantime we can enjoy the first blooms of the season, we have snowdrops on the hillside, crocuses showing their lovely purple and yellow heads in the flower bed we planted up by the hedge last year, there are daffodils in pots by the house that are six inches tall now and just showing signs of budding up.
The ones in the jug are not home grown, they were a £1 cheat from M&S ... well you can't resist a bit of spring colour for that price can you, although I love the look I hate the smell of daffs in the house, they're just so musty aren't they :-(
Also on the kitchen windowsill is the Gerbera that I bought from Tesco last year, it has been happily sat sitting there (remember Nellie Pledge anyone?) all Winter being watered and giving us a shot of green to look at while we wash the pots ....
... and now it's saying thank you for being looked after by giving us the promise of a new flower, I'm so glad I kept it and nursed it through the Winter.
Meanwhile outside at the back of the house at every opportunity I am making full use of my nice new washing line. We .... the royal 'we' that is .... dug holes, poured cement and put in two proper washing poles before the patio was tarmacked, so that once done it would look nice and neat. And being so close to the house means at the first sign of rain I can dash out in my slippers and get things in quickly.
It's working a treat, every time I've put washing out up to now I've had to run downstairs and bring it in after a couple of hours. So washing half dry, me getting fit with all the jogging downstairs, it really is a win, win situation. ;-)