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Yet again it’s raining. It seems like Britain’s rainy season is virtually non- stop. So on that matter it will be a relief to escape these shores in August.
Tanzania will have it’s rain, I know, but maybe a little more predictably so.
I suppose the rain is what gives us our verdant landscape but for me the grass will be greener overseas.
I have said before I will miss our garden and another of my favourite plants the poppy.
This now resides in the front garden, though many years ago, before the decking we had some in the back garden.
I love the large papery red petals surrounding the black centre, and the hairy green buds before opening.
The last of these photos is a cheat as I took this last week in Cornwall at Lanhydrock, but the rest were taken last night in the dry – it’s far too wet out there now 😦
Posted in MK, plants, Tanzanian living, UK Living
Tagged colour, garden, MK, papaver, poppy, rain, red, UK, weather, wet
T Minus 93
As the blooms begin to fade beneath the Ceanothus there is a deluge of blossom giving the appearance of a light dusting of blue snow. The show has been spectacular but is coming to an end as time marches on.
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I think this is probably the best time of year on my journey to and from work. Spring is in full flood. This morning the scenery was shrouded in mist; shades of grey surrounding the world as I passed by.
This made the journey home this evening all the more impressive as I passed by a patchwork of golden yellow rapeseed infiltrating the vibrant green of conventional crops.
Unfortunately I never really get a chance to photograph it on my journeys to and from work so this is a written memory (photo below is a Stock Photo).
The journey from Long Crendon to Waddeston via Winchendon Hill gives fantastic views on a sunny day. As well as the fields the verges are in harmony with dandelions peeking through the long grasses. In Whitchurch the palette changes with blue Wisteria and Ceonothus bushes against the walls of the houses. These are slightly ahead of our own which will soon come into bloom. Then it’s back to green and gold as I head down to Swanbourne. On the other side it’s fields full of lambs and on to Drayton Parslow, Bletchley then home.
I will definitely miss this journey in years to come. 🙂
Posted in Normality, travel, UK Living
Tagged colour, Drayton Parslow, gold, green, journey, Long Crendon, Spring, Swanbourne, travel, UK, Waddeston, Whitchurch, Winchendon
T Minus 123
Today is a Bank Holiday in the UK and so with the weather looking good we headed of with Anita’s family to Gray’s Court a National Trust property near Henley on Thames. Some fabulous gardens built among the ruins of a castle and a fabulous bluebell wood. We had a great time.
Posted in Normality, UK Living
Tagged Anita, blue, colour, family, flowers, gardens, Graham, Graham & Anita, plants, Spring, UK
T minus 146
The deck always was blue but weathering had toned it down. So on reflection and having seen the brightness of the newly painted blue deck we have decided to lose the blue.