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Something easy to see, with the hedge full of daffodils blooming outside while we are all strictly confined to quarters for the time being, is that the rest of the natural world is starting to get going and renewing itself, regardless of humanity’s tricky phase.

My very best wishes go out to you all, and I hope that you and your family manage to stay well and healthy in the challenging times of temporary discomfort and inconvenience that we’re all going through.

I also hope, when we are sure that we’re all safe to come out again, that people in general are more awake to just how refreshing for the rest of the natural world that its revitalising break from our constant plundering and treating it as ours it has been.
And that we can learn to take more care in living with it in future, instead of just living from it as if it has got infinite gifts to give.

14 thoughts on “Spring”

    1. Thank you Ellen. Mutual wishes of course.
      I have a feeling that I’ll wish there were more flowers to work with than just daffodils in my garden after a couple of weeks… The magnolia is just setting buds, nothing else is ready to display quite yet!

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      1. We’ve been walking the dogs around the back of the village–plenty of room to stay away from people–and I’ve seen the first wild leeks, a few violets, and of course the celandine and alexanders and priimroses. I love this time of year.

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  1. Clever shots Bear, blurred beyond the usual, but still instantly recognisable as daffodils, surely the strongest single symbol of spring we know?

    We have a small magnolia tree which is in full bloom already. The usual highlight is the cherry blossom down the end of the garden I bought my wife perhaps six or seven years ago now. Plenty of buds but nothing blooming yet.

    And later on (and on and on), we have a few very enthusiastic roses climbing the side fence…

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    1. Less clever, more ‘they were there’!

      We are quite high (>200 metres above sea level) but near the coast. This means that we’re about 2° cooler than sea level but also we get prevailing winds full of salt.

      So generally the lower level sheltered flowering takes place relatively normally but the higher stuff (and the magnolia is probably only 6-7ft as it is) can struggle a bit.

      For that reason you’ll see mostly tougher and needle-leaved pine trees getting tall here. Plenty of gnarly wind-bent but low hawthorn as well but the traditional sycamore/beech/oak etc can struggle in the salty air.


    1. Yep, difficult times but now the sun comes out and starts warming the photo inclinations up!
      Paws clean, done behind the ears as well. 😉

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  2. I love these; over here only the snowdrops are raising their heads. I want to believe we’ll see that radical perspective shift, too, after this. Hope springs eternal. 😉

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    1. In my minds eye, the PR departments of major oil companies are having panicked meetings now about how they can control and skew the positive perception of the world using less oil in the face of people actually discovering they don’t need it as much as had been convinced they did and the alternatives ARE workable. Can you imagine if billions upon billions was invested in it instead of Governments and banks currently pouring our money into finding and producing oil?

      People can actually see now that working from home is possible and preferable, that you don’t have to fly halfway around the world and back just for a two hour face-to-face with other execs., and people living in the cities are wondering how they could make their home a lovely place for them to live after this, like it is when there are restrictions that mean there are not so many cars and trucks in it all the time.

      Yep, hope springs eternal – and I hope that there will be many more discovering that hope than have so far been blinded by the spin of ‘this is how it is and how we are’ into considering change more seriously.

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