Last weekend was glorious, the warm sun, the light breeze and the plants growing with enormous speed. Unfortunately I only experienced this for a brief couple of hours for the Spalding Parade due to my 'dreaded lurgy' (which has decided to stick around a little bit longer). The problem with being ill is that the house chores do take on rather a back seat and only the essentials get done (well, that's my excuse and I'm sticking with it!). Feeling slightly better I noticed in the sun light the gathering of dust, the windows in need of a polish and the fact that no spring cleaning had taken place at all meaning that winter still had a hold on my furnishings around the house. So, cleaning cupboard emptied and it's contents following me around the house, off I set. But! Not for long!! There was a break in the clouds and I had empty vases and a garden that was full of useful, gorgeous blooms. My plum tree has certainly come to life and it's branches are heavily laden with such beautiful pink blossom.
The crab apple's blossom is at it's absolute best at the moment.
In fact everywhere I looked there was blossom! I had very nearly missed all this organised chaos in my garden.
So, with another look at my beautiful, over laden, plum tree's blossom, I thought I had procrastinated enough and started the spring clean.
I gradually filled up my little jugs around the house with the late spring blooms and some of the blossoms that were showing off. Was it summer time already? Had Spring and Summer merged into one this year?
But then I got that distinct smell...summer rain! That cool, freshness of warm rain onto the new growth smell. That, and the fact that little Coco was looking distinctly fed up in her warm bed (she hates rain!).
I still had some jugs to fill with herbs and blooms, so braved the rain to continue my quest of bringing summer into the home. Now, do you remember my empty kitchen window baskets? (posts here and here) These were just wire baskets at the beginning of the year which I filled with bulbs and herbs, well...look at them now!!!
Full of spring time bulbs and herbs, along with a couple of tumbling tomatoes that are waiting for warmer days.
These tulips are beautiful and bought for next to nothing at the beginning of the year. (Obviously, this photo was taken a little earlier when the sun came out to say hi).
The rain was certainly settling on everything once more...which is good I suppose.
These lovely tiny blue flowers were glistening with the sun on the wet raindrops.
My only rose in bloom was enjoying the fresh rain.
And our old evergreen clematis was enjoying the rain but also exuding sap.
Anyway, procrastinating again! The living room was finished and looking a bit more brighter.
And the hall was looking less cluttered and sparkly.
The sun started peaking through the clouds again, the rain had stopped, so me and the Teenagers grabbed our coats and went for a little drive into the fens to get away from the smell of cleaning materials for half an hour.
The sky was certainly interesting with different cloud formations and typically sunny in the distance and flowing weather fronts being seen in one go.
The rape seed fields are in full swing and the hay bales make such a statement on the landscape.
We went past a field of sheep, alas no lambs, but there is a cheeky little crow that decided to show off in flight!
Only a short trip out as I am now so tired but I have a lovely clean house, fresh blooms in vases and jugs and can now sit back with my hooky and continue the many squares left for this blanket.
Still waiting on news of being an auntie! Not long now.
Have a lovely week and weekend with whatever you are doing. I do hope you can sit back and relax at some point.
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