Sunday, 28 April 2013
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
I visited my friends in Bridgend last weekend, and we took advantage of the glorious weather on Saturday to go to the RHS Flower Show Cardiff. Apparently, that turned out to be the busiest day in the Cardiff show’s nine year history, with 9000 people visiting.
The atmosphere was fantastic – maybe because of the location (right in the centre of the city, by Cardiff Castle) or maybe Welsh families are more outdoorsy than English ones (I’m sorry, what an unpatriotic thing for me to say on St George’s Day!) – but it felt like a festival rather than a flower show, with people sunning themselves and eating the delicious ice cream that was served in several stalls. And after the longest, coldest winter that I can remember, it was a joy to see blue skies and blossom-filled trees, and feel the warmth of the sunshine. By the time I returned to England on Sunday, the narcissi and fritillaries in the garden, which had been so shy to grow, had suddenly shot up and blossomed.
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
It has been a difficult year so far for many people I know. Friends are losing jobs, two friends lost a parent, and some family members and friends have been very ill. I can only hope that things get better and that everyone finds some peace and happiness soon.
Wednesday, 10 April 2013
What a joke. I remember as a teenager being surprised when it snowed as late as February. This year it snowed on Easter Day!
The daffodils, crocuses and fritillary have not blossomed in the garden. For that matter, neither has the blossom. But it looks like we might have some tulips in a month or so – provided it doesn’t freeze again.