Thursday, April 28, 2011

If April Showers bring May Flowers....

Then what happens if April is sunny?
Weather-wise, Britain has just had the nicest April..let's just hope it lasts for one more day for the happy couple getting married in London tomorrow.  I have plans to watch with great interest..just as I did 30 years ago when Charles and Diana married.  Of course, back then I was living in Canada and to watch the wedding one had to get up at a very early hour!  I seem to recall getting up at 5 a.m.!

I've had a nice break with the children.  They've had school for 2 days this week which has given me just enough time to whip around the house and put it back in order before we start round two of the bank holiday weekend.  Easter was glorious and was spent with family.  DD2 had a wonderful time hiding plastic eggs in the garden for the younger ones to find.  This was a great game that kept them amused for hours...that was of course until DD2 couldn't remember where she had hid them!  LOL  I suspect the remaining eggs will be found throughout the next year as my in-laws maintain their garden.



Along with all this glorious weather we have had a real treat with the birds this year.  This is a greenfinch (below) and I only saw him a couple of times before he moved on.  I'm so glad I caught this pic of him.  We also saw goldfinches and chaffinches at the feeder at the same time.  We were also privileged to have a blackbird nest in the hedge.  For weeks we have watched the mother build the nest and for the last 2 weeks we have watched both mom and dad feeding them.  Late last week we started to hear the little cheep-cheeps as they were being fed and then over the weekend the cheeps became louder and finally they fled the nest.



There really hasn't been many April showers to speak of and as a result the blossoms on the tress seem to have lasted extra long this year.  Normally the wind brings them down...so getting sights like this has been very special.





Got you treat you to yet another squirrel picture.  We seem to have the same one at the feeder this year and she isn't too greedy :o)  She stayed calm and still so I could grab her picture.



Well, I wish you all a wonderful weekend!  Enjoy the wedding, if you are into that sort of thing!

Until next time...

17 comments:

Amanda said...

Haven't we had perfect spring weather over the last week or so. It doesn't sound too promising for the weekend though. Have a good time whatever the weather.

Quiet Quilter said...

Appreciate the glimpse of British spring. Wish I knew all the birds by sight that we see..

Quilter Kathy said...

These are such gorgeous pictures! I am dying for some pretty spring weather here...it has been cold and wet and miserable most of the month.
Enjoy the sights and the wedding...I haven't decided yet if I will get up early to watch or tape it!

Timi said...

We had sunny April here, too :o)! And a warm Easter!
I'm so glad you had great time with the children.
And your photos are soooo beautiful!!!
We have greenfinch too in our garden and he is such a funny bird :o)!And piggy, too...:o)
I hope May will be as sunny and warm as April was!!!

Janet said...

Your pictures are gorgeous!! Forget-me-nots, tulips, crab apple trees in bloom...sigh ... It's snowing here today and I haven't seen a single flower yet. Maybe we'll get spring in May??

Lina said...

We've had totally cr%p spring weather here so far. We're hosting a little Royal Wedding party here, but needless to say I won't be getting up to watch the coverage which starts at 3am!!!!

Lizzie said...

Spring in England is something I still miss after over 40 years away, it's just not the same here. We do have a little advantage though as the wedding coverage starts at 4pm local (Melbourne) time and continues through the evening, so some stitching by the fire for Friday night viewing of the pomp and ceremony, perfect..
Lizzie
xxx

Ali Honey said...

Fabulous photos.
I'll be watching too!

Leah said...

Love the photos, they are always lovely to look at. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Thimbleanna said...

Wow -- your pictures are beautiful -- and so springy. We're still freezing here -- I'm patiently waiting for my crabapple to bloom -- so far, it's about two weeks late -- we've had all of your spring rain this year! From here, it looks like your weather, while not stellar, at least held for the wedding -- good enough for an open carriage. And that dress!!!!

Leanne said...

I am sitting here watching the wedding as I type. It has been lovely. Love the squirrel snap.

darlynn said...

your pictures are unbelievable!!!
Thank you

nadelmaus said...

Hello Jane,
as always your pictures are so wonderful!
We had a very warm april, too. To be honest - I'm waiting for rain, the flowers in my garden are very thursty! And of course I watched the wedding, they are such a lovely couple. I can remember I watched the wedding of Charles and Diana as a child with my mum and I had to squeeze some tears away, when I thought of how proud Diana would be.
Hugs from Germany
Astrid

Kim said...

Enjoyed seeing the wedding activities, but I think I enjoyed this post more. :-D

Sarah Jayne said...

Beautiful photos

Cathi said...

It's such a treat to see your beautiful flower photographs again! Yet another reason to be so glad spring is finally here!

Judith said...

Wow, your photography is so gorgeous! A delight to see. (I found your blog through Susan/Canadian Abroad) Jxo