A hint of spring in the morning

Today’s guest picture comes from Dropscone.  He has discovered a fresh treacle mine.  Unfortunately, the discovery comes right at the time that Friday coffee and treacle scones might have to be put on hold, but that is life as it is just now.

treacle mine

We woke to some very welcome sunshine.  Apart from the usual brisk wind, it was definitely a day when you could think that it might be spring.

All the same, it took me a bit of time to get going.  I certainly didn’t spring into action after breakfast, so I didn’t make the best use of the sunshine.

I did pop round to the shop to do more some panic buying (another bottle of milk and some bananas) and then I watched the birds.

A dunnock was trying out the fake tree….

dunnock in fake tree

…and a redpoll was sampling the seed.

redpoll staring

For once the feeder wasn’t full of siskins and the chaffinches were making the most of their day in the sun…

chaffinches busy

…though concentration was still needed to make a safe landing on a feeder which was rocking in the wind.

chaffinch landing

After coffee, I went out into the garden and was pleased to find the ‘maincrop’ daffodils had come out…

three daffodils garden

…and the first of the chionodoxas was looking very fresh and cheerful.

chionodoxa

The tree peony is developing…

tree peony developing

…and the crocuses had stopped lying down and crying, and had opened their arms to the warmth.

crocuses open

Altogether, it was a pleasure to be in the garden amid the smiling faces.

daffodil garden

I did think of a bike ride but it was too windy for my taste.  Mrs Tootlepedal was still busy with her work so I went out for a walk while she went off to deliver the very last of the brochures in the town.

I checked on the daffodils at Pool Corner and was surprised but delighted to see the first bee of the year in action.

bumble bee

There seemed to be enough pollen about to make waking up worthwhile for it.   I think that this is a tree bumble bee.

Although the forecast had promised rain in the afternoon,  there were enough clouds about at midday to make me think that a brisk walk might be a good idea.  I was right.  As I went on, the sky clouded over and it was raining lightly by the time that I got home.

I took a picture or two on my way.  The moss on the wall at Pool Corner was looking very perky, and the lichen continues to enjoy the weather.  There was not much to see in the way of fungus but a fallen branch offered a little taste.

moss, lichen, fungus

I was looking for signs of spring, but I had to look pretty hard to see any.  The tree trunk pattern has nothing to do with spring but I liked it, so I have put it in regardless.

four things on Gaskells

As you can see, any flower, leaf or bud has to poke through moss or lichen to be seen

When I got back home, I checked on the pond.  There were no frogs to be seen but in spite of some chilly mornings, some potential tadpoles were about.  I will keep an eye on them.

tadpole potential

With a final glance at these encouraging flowers…

primroses garden

..I went in and combined watching some rather depressing news conferences and parliamentary committees with occasional looks at the birds before the serious rain started.

There are different ways of approaching the feeder.  A goldfinch took the high road….

high flying goldfinch

…while a chaffinch zoomed in low from behind.

stylish chaffinch

The kung fu siskin was back again…

kung fu siskin

…but the light got very bad so I stopped looking out of the window.

The day was punctuated by calls and texts cancelling our social life in the weeks ahead and now, like everyone else, I daresay, we have a calendar with nothing on it for the foreseeable future.  I should have been playing recorders with our group this evening but that was cancelled too.

On the plus side, the weather forecast is looking decidedly more cheerful over the next few days so I may be able to get a few cycling miles in, and that might take my mind off the rather gloomy prospects that stretch ahead.

The flying bird of the day is a chaffinch.

flying chaffinch

Footnote:  I would like to take this opportunity to express the hope that all the readers of the blog come through the days, weeks or months of the life of this virus without taking any hurt.  It is a worrying time but I am going to try not to dwell on the negatives too much in future posts.  There is enough gloom about without me adding to it.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

32 thoughts on “A hint of spring in the morning

  1. The pretty trunk pattern is caused by the lenticels which allow gaseous exchange within the trunk

  2. Thanks for the well wishes. rather selfishly it seems this virus doesn’t like to venture to far north,at least for now.
    Let’s hope they find a vaccine soon.
    The cycling and walking are going to seem a real treat in the coming months.

  3. I love the color of the chionodoxas and it’s great to see daffodils in the sunshine.
    I’ve seen a single bee here. I think it was a honey bee. It would have loved your flowers.
    From what I’ve heard all the cancellations might turn out to be for the best. But the outdoors is always there so that’s where I’ll be. Thank you for your well wishes, I also hope everyone comes through this unscathed.

  4. You are right to focus on the positive aspects of our lives right now. We are all being swamped with virus news (important), advice (also important) and a ghoulish interest in virus-related statistics (which might have its place). Bravo for your sentiments.

  5. Thank you for reminding me to not be too heavy on the doom and gloom. The situation does feel surreal. I think if anyone you will be able to find a universe in a grain of sand or bit of moss, however that goes.

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      1. We have the advantage of watching everyone else cope with things for a while but, yes, I think we’re making a pretty good fist of it. 28 confirmed cases at the moment…its all a little surreal

  6. There certainly is a positive in that we’re going into the months of better weather. We may be confined but walking and gardening certainly won’t be off the options list. Creative cooking looks like a good option too.

  7. Nothing like sun to bring out the smiling faces of crocus and other spring beauties. It was windy and a little brisk here, too.

    I especially like the kung fu siskin. The chaffinch FBOTD reminds me of the old Concorde planes.

  8. Your garden is certainly doing its best to keep every chirpy…the birds are helping too! Cycling and walking alone are becoming the best activities, at present, for keeping everyone healthy and sane…you’re ahead of the curve already!

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