A short walk with a friend on Tuesday afternoon
At times there were a few spots of rain in the air but the pond was very clear with patches of blue sky reflecting in it
A pair of male mallards were feeding in the shallows
The water was so clear that their feet could easily be seen when they're swimming along
Having a drink
Daffodils and crocuses
My friend could smell the scent coming from these tiny flowers before I could.
The flower beds are looking neat and tidy - ready for things to burst into life.
The mallards were settling down for a nap as we left.
This morning - just me
The sun was shining and the sky was blue
The sun lit up the euphorbias
The pair of male mallards turned the willow branch reflections into dancing squiggles
Sunlit mini daffodils
One bud is opening already - with outer petals like red silk
The tropical corner
I must remember to look closer at the tree behind the palm - I can see red dots and I want to know if there are red berries or blossom on it
In the other direction there are still clusters of red berries on this tree in spite of the fact that many of them have been blown to the ground.
A patch of sun lit up the berries at the top of the tree
I spent a lot of time looking up and noticing the huge number of buds that have appeared in the trees and the way the different branches overlap and make interesting patterns
A brief look down at the hellebores hanging their heads
and the bright frilly camelias
Azalea buds with blushing pink tips among last year's seed pods
The tree that will have enormous leaves again soon has some pods or flowers which, frustratingly, I can't get close enough to have a good look at
In the distance a magnolia caught my attention - and I went carefully off the path to get a closer look. The flowers stood out dramatically against the blue sky.
Magnolia leaves from last year - many are now fragile skeletons
Buds lit up by the sun
First forsythia flower to show on this shrub
The sun was illuminating up the mossy lumps on the shed roof
Patterns made by rusty corrugated roof and shadows
Robin singing - it was a shame the shadow of a branch was across its face
The buds in the trees weren't nearly as visible on Tuesday - they really show up well with the sunlight on them.
More azalea buds and seed pods
Rich purples and delicate lilac
Looking across the primulas to the sundial and yew arch
Back to the pond
Willow - buds starting to show
Leftover plant stems and seed pods from last year
Bamboo leaves in the sun
Thank you very much for joining me.