Spring Sensation: Cherry Blossom

Blossom (May)

The swifts have returned today!! I had to check to see when they arrived last year, and see that they are 3 days later. But it is so wonderful to hear them again and watch them performing acrobats in the sky. Summer is here 😀

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

32 thoughts on “Spring Sensation: Cherry Blossom”

    1. I love spring! And I love our swifts and the bats that fly around the courtyard at dusk. We are very lucky.

    1. The blossom has been wonderful this year, though it has been very windy here over the last few days so I suspect I have seen the best of it. Did spot some very beautiful clematis today though. Time for the monthly photo walk I think 🙂

  1. Ha! A Reblog 🙂 🙂 Isn’t Spring fabulous, Jude? One of my friends left a Facebook comment this morning that she had heard swifts. I’m not so observant. My walk group were in bluebell woods at Durham this morning. I never saw them so abundant! Haven’t checked the photos yet but I hope for a few decent ones. 🙂

    1. I heard them first Jo. I was outside doing a bit of gardening (well, OK, re-potting some plants) when I heard the distinctive high-pitched squeals above me, looked up and there they were. Oh, that made me so happy! I haven’t seen bluebells really this year – too early in Cornwall and it has been too cold recently to go out and look. Not sure there are any bluebell woods near here (except those I found last year), maybe I’ll have a walk tomorrow and see how they are doing. And I do want to photograph a rapeseed field.

        1. Rapeseed makes me sneeze dreadfully, not so good when driving! But the splash of yellow is hard to resist 🙂

    1. It won’t last Meg – cold weather forecast by the end of the week! You have just got to love our weather 😉

  2. I have loved the Spring this year, some wonderful blossom, the bluebells and Azaleas at Winkworth were a riot of colour, and now it’s roll on, Summer! 😀

    1. I am loving spring this year too, though it is a little later than last year, but the blossoms have been wonderful. Let’s hope we have a good, no make that great, summer!

  3. What a lovely area you are living in Jude. I do miss the changing seasons over here. But don’t think I could handle an English winter now

    1. You just need enough money to escape the English winter by going to… er well Australia is a good one 😉
      Or as Jo does, Portugal! Which has the advantage of being closer if not as warm. Fortunately the winters aren’t as cold now as they used to be, just wet and grey 😦

      1. I think I will just keep travelling up and down Australia to the different climate zones…I think UK may be a bit pricey…

      2. I seem to have come back from Poland to terminal greyness 😦 Sore throat and headache. Did someone mention Portugal? 🙂

        1. I have had a stuffy nose and sore throat this week too, but I think it is due to the rapeseed pollen (and I did go walking in it to get some photos – post will follow) as I don’t feel ill. Strange, I don’t really suffer from hay fever, though rapeseed always makes me sneeze! Hope you recover soon, and the weather improves. it’s been quite nice here, though very windy and yesterday it rained until mid afternoon.

        2. I keep meaning to ask Meg if she doesn’t miss hers, from the depths of Poland 🙂 I know… the twins 🙂 🙂

        3. I miss Meg’s beach! I wouldn’t move anywhere if I lived there, not even for twins – they’d have to come and visit ME!

  4. How wonderful! I’ve heard one or two House Martins, but hoping they don’t nest above our bedroom window! Beautiful photo 🙂

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