Week twenty already? Here are four simple things that have made me smile this week.........
1. Colours! We've been on a couple of walks this week and after the days and more days of waiting suddenly everywhere there is colour. In the bright acid green of the beech trees, in the fleeting, hard to capture blue of the bluebells, in the delicate yellow of the cowslips and the deep purple of hedgerow honesty.
2. Birdsong! We still have so many lovely birds in the garden. They seem to have stayed with us beyond winter and spring and we now regularly see goldfinch, greenfinch and chaffinch on the feeders as well as the sparrows and blackbirds. I usually wake at 4a.m. on at least a couple of mornings each week and if I can't get back to sleep I get up and make a mug of tea. On Friday morning I was awake at four so I got up and watched the sunrise whilst I listened to the birds. First to start was the blackbird who went through his melodic repertoire, then the others gradually joined in. When the world was finally awake I went back to bed and slept for a couple more hours.
3. Growth! In the garden are many things to look forward to including chives, strawberries, gooseberries and wild garlic. Plants in the garden with flowers getting ready to open are peonies, aquilegia, perennial cornflower and rhododendrons.
4. Wickerwork bees! We found some new wickerwork bees in one of the show gardens at Trentham Estates, I call it the 'lift and sniff' garden as there are several boxes where you can do just that. I expect it is really called the scented or plants for bees garden or something like that - anyway, they made me smile.
Link to Little Birdie where '52 weeks of Happy' started. Each week you find just four things that have made you happy to share.