Did you know that it's National Umbrella day today? I didn't even know there was such a thing!
The daffodils by the gate are growing fast - tightly closed buds getting ready to burst open.
Water droplets on an old and crumpled ladies mantle plant.
This tree is still slowly losing its leaves.
The white flecks on the bank in front of the little hut are snowdrops.
Tiny buds and seed pods - pine needles dangling.
Red berries darkening and wrinkly.
Dripping witch hazel.
These snowdrops have come up very fast. There were hardly any showing a week ago.
I was engrossed in taking photos of the mystery plant in the wildflower area - getting really close to look at the barbed hooks. The drizzle got heavier - I was juggling umbrella and camera - while wearing gloves. I didn't notice quite how close I got to the barbed seeds till I got back to the car . . .
. . . I was about to open the car door when I noticed a rather ridiculous dilemma. I couldn't believe the decoration I'd picked up on the back of my glove! (Quite attractive don't you think?) What a good thing I hadn't rubbed my face or pushed my hair back with my glove.
I was able to put my umbrella down and open the car door OK but then I tried to take my right glove off without touching the barbs on my left glove. It didn't work because my camera slipped and swung on its wrist strap and connected with the barbs. As I tried to stop it, both the strap and my other glove became attached to the velcro-like barbs. I managed to slip out of my gloves to drive home and left the tangled mess to sort out later. Then came the great untangling. Hopefully I'll remember not to get so close next time.
Thank you very much for joining me.