Enjoying the Spring Sunshine

I’ve been struggling with the blog recently. Regular blog subjects, like visiting the beach, eating scones at local cafes and taking part in knit and natter groups have all stopped. I threw myself into some knitting and craft projects, but it didn’t seem the same. I’m not a walker – I use a disability scooter to get about, and have other health issues so I hadn’t been leaving the house. This week I reached the point when it was time to pull myself together and, as the weather was so good, I got the scooter out and joined K on a couple of walks with Buddy, the Labrador. I’m so glad I did.

The little Amelanchier tree in the front garden has finally come in to flower and is looking stunning

As we walked through the village I saw a few rainbows, painted by children and stuck in windows.

There’s also this sign, which has been placed at the entrance to the little garden of remembrance, which is known as Green Hut Corner.

It’s a lovely gesture – the village has applauded loudly for NHS staff and other key workers every Thursday night – there were even fireworks last week!

I enjoyed seeing all the spring flowers. This garden wall was festooned with aubretia.

Here in Shilbottle, the grass verges are full of daffodils in Spring. Until now I hadn’t noticed that some hyacinths had been planted with them in one spot. I wondered if they had originally been indoor ones that someone had planted out after they finished flowering. They had a beautiful fragrance that we could smell as we went past.

There’s a really quiet lane that winds through farmland – we can let Buddy off his lead there. He’s not bad at avoiding other dogs and people if you tell him to “leave” . We met several people out for their daily exercise or walking dogs but all were cheerfully observing distance guidelines. We are lucky to live here where there is the space to get out safely.

One of my favourite spots on this route is a by a gate at the top of a bank- there’s a wonderful view towards the sea from here. It was very hazy on one of my walks this week but yesterday was beautifully clear.

It was good to see the wildflowers in bloom as well as the garden plants. These primroses are one of my favourite signs of spring.

The blackthorn is also in full bloom. We hope that the sloe berries this autumn are as profuse as the flowers – we always make a batch of sloe gin if we can pick sloes. Some years, if there are late frosts that stop the fruit forming, there are none to be found.

Of course the newborn lambs are one of the signs of spring we love to see and there were plenty in the fields.

We doubled back and came back up the hill, stopping for a little while to take in that view again. Buddy seemed to be glad of the break. I had forgotten just how important it is to get our in the fresh air and I felt so much better for it.


I live in Northumberland, within sight of the sea and spend my time knitting, crocheting, sewing and trying my hand at different crafts. There's usually a story to share about the things I make.

13 thoughts on “Enjoying the Spring Sunshine

  1. I too have been struggling a little with thinking about new blog posts. Where we do our daily exercise isn’t quite as pretty as where you are – but I am appreciating the cherry blossoms in abundance in gardens nearby. There was a lovely spread of daffodils along a local A road a week ago – they’ve died down already. Funny how a little geography makes a difference to what grows around us.


    1. It’s difficult isn’t it? I have a few ideas for posts including a long one that I’ll split into several parts, so I’ll work on those this week.
      I do love where I live, though in more normal times I tend to range a little further afield than within walking distance of home. I suppose you start to look at things differently when you stick to the same local route and take more note of the changing seasons as different flowers open and spring lambs arrive and grow.


  2. Buddy’s face says it all- that’s what sunshine, fresh air and a nice walk feels like. So glad you got out- I mss your scones and knit and natter, but these are strange times. Lovely views.


    1. It was great to be out. I’m missing scones so much I might have to bake some! If you read the previous comment on here you’ll see that we might just try a virtual knit and natter!


  3. Love seeing all the Spring flowers! Not so much here yet, still a bit too cold, the trees are being cautious and mostly not sending their little buds and flowers out, or even leaves yet 😛


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