Early Spring...Early Autumn

Spring is officially here! The clocks sprang forward by an hour overnight...and tonight it will be light until 7pm. It's also been a beautiful, sunny few days. It makes such a difference to everyone's mood...people I pass in the street smile at me and everything seems brighter and more cheerful. It's been said before, I know, but I wonder whether the British would be less shy & standoffish - more outgoing if our weather was less gloomy?

My daily walks with Alice are a joy at this time of the year...it seems that something new and green appears every morning! She is constantly snuffling the air & ground for all the exciting new season's scents (exciting to a dog, that is!)
On Friday, we found this woodland shelter that someone had made...

there was a handy log to sit on in there...it looked quite cosy!
The gorse bushes are flowering now, with their coconut-fragranced yellow blooms..

The wild violets are just beginning to emerge on the hill too...cowslips won't be far behind!
On the other side of the world...Autumn is just beginning. And with it has come some raging weather...the worst flash floods in Esther's town for 100 years. She and the children battled home on Thursday through it...luckily they live on top of a hill. The Maroochy river burst its banks and caused a huge amount of damage to shops and homes. It's impossible for me to believe that when I left only 3 weeks ago, the road down to the sea looked like this...

 and on Thursday, it had turned into this...
There have been some freak weather conditions in other parts of the world,too, I know...causing disruption at best...death & destruction at worst. Mother Nature constantly reminds us not to take her for granted.
When I walk in the peaceful, green hills....bathed in the first warm sunshine of the new season...I feel very lucky to live here - where it's generally temperate and mild.
Especially when I happen upon a sight like this...
I hope that you've had a wonderful weekend.


  1. beautiful post. Awful about Australia x

  2. Beautiful pics. Spring has been very early, but it is a treacherous season, moreso than any other.

  3. Your walks are always so lovely and peaceful. I do indeed coming along with you. Thank you so much for sharing them!! xo

  4. Dear Rachel,
    I am so sorry to hear about the awful floods in Esther's town, thank goodness their home is out of the way.
    Yay for our Spring and all of the beauty that it brings. Your walk with Alice looks wonderful, she looked as though she enjoyed herself playing in the warmth and amongst those stunning violets.
    Happy Tuesday sweetheart
    Love Morwenna xoxo

  5. Dear Rachel,
    I wish we could get some rain!
    By the way, I meant to ask you this.
    Have you ever seen the movie, "The Young Victoria"? I just found out that Julian Fellowes is the one who wrote that screenplay!
    It is one of my favorites! If you haven't seen it, please do and let me know what you think!

  6. blimey, weird for me to see that and I drove through it! Lovely pics as always, I can smell the walk from here...or is that Alice? xxxxx

  7. Rachel, wouldn't it be wonderful if there were flowers, (sweet peas) growing up and twining over the wooden teepee? Imagine the smell on a warm summer day.
    What a beautiful place you have for your daily walk. The bear trees are so pretty, sure to be covered soon with green!

  8. Beautiful!! Lovely blog ~ I'm now following! So nice to "meet" you!
    Anne ♥♥


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