Tuesday, 20 February 2018


This tall green hellebore produces flowers from January throughout much of the year, each new flower attracting pollinating insects such as this big Bumble Bee..

Mum’s garden has quite a variety of different hellebores from white through to dark purple.  They start to bloom early in the year and last for months.

Because of their habit of hanging their heads, it is difficult to photograph the beautiful interior of the flower.  I made a couple of attempts turning the camera ‘selfie’ style, to take the photo upwards from underneath - but that wasn’t a great success!

I realized that the only way was to lie down to get a better angle.  Damp but more effective...

When Bridget visited Mum today she had a much better idea to enable Mum to enjoy the beauty and subtle variety of the flowers..

Monday, 19 February 2018

More Signs of Spring..

Mum’s February garden already has many little flowers blooming.  The snowdrops - single and double - have been out for more than a month now.

The winter honeysuckle - as befits its name - has been blooming all winter.  The tiny flowers on bare twigs are very fragrant.

A patch of tiny violets, somewhat nibbled by the deer, is also smelling lovely.

And attracting the attention of honey bees..

These dwarf daffodils are nearly out..

The crocus are lovely.

A shower of rain had decorated the petals of the primroses..

I was surprised to see the Ceanothus in flower.

Mum also has beds of hellebores which are doing well but tricky to photograph with their hanging heads. More of those another day.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Tiniest signs of Spring

The snow was still with us this morning but when the sun came out it soon started to melt.

The squirrel had already cleared himself a patch of grass under the feeders.

When we went out for a walk this afternoon the bright yellow of this Witch Hazel plant caught our eye.

This flowering tree near the house is also beginning to show a little colour.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

A Little Snow

This afternoon it started to snow steadily and there was soon a light covering over the grass and trees.

This sent the birds into a flurry of activity on the feeders.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Cheerful Charlie

Lauren sent us a couple of photos of Charlie today.  He is a happy little soul, enjoying his baby gym and octopus.

We are looking forward to seeing this big smile next weekend!

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Bell Collection

We quite often receive donations to the Bargain Loft in the form of collections - sometimes cats, cruet sets, clowns, beer glasses - all sorts of things.  This time, a collection of  miniature souvenir bells.

I didn’t count to see exactly how many there were but there were bells from cities, states, parks and tourist attractions all over the USA and beyond.

Tomorrow someone will need to start the process of researching and pricing each one!

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Happy Valentines Day!

This is probably the first year that I have not photographed the giant heart shaped cookies and floral displays/blooms for Valentines Day in the supermarket - I must be getting used to them (these photos from a couple of years ago).

This year and quite unusually, Valentines Day falls on Ash Wednesday, a fact which had escaped me completely until I embarrassed myself by mentioning to a fellow volunteer at the Loft this morning  that she had a smudge on her forehead.. 

I think that the Loft is going to have a few cards left over for next year.  A few gifts have stayed on the shelves too..