On the news this morning it was reported that the weather we have been experiencing here in the UK is possibly going to be the warmest on record for the month of April. It truly has been beautiful. We took the girls to their grandparent's allotment at the weekend to plant potatoes and gather dandelions to make wine. K carried an armful of rhubarb home for us. It was a lovely way to round up the Easter holiday before both the girls head back to school.
Did you see that I wrote 'both'? It is Little L's first day at pre-school today so it's been an anxious time for the two of us but I'm hoping that the transition will become smoother as we both find new routines.
(Stourhead, National Trust)
On a family day out to Stourhead, the children ran through the 18th century landscape, into the darkness and cool of mystical grottoes and around and around classical temples. They looked at their reflections in the magnificent lake and ate strawberry icecream in the sunshine.
(Ancient hazel coppice woodland, Garston Wood,RSPB)
We wound our way carefully along the deer tracks so as not to tread on any bluebells. Occasionally our feet brusied some wild garlic and fragranced the air as we passed. As we walked along the wider woodland paths, we spotted orchids amongst the carpet of bluebells.
~A self-sufficient 18th century Welsh minor gentry estate. Also a working organic farm with rare Welsh pigs, Welsh Black cattle and Llanwenog sheep~
Just a few moments from our day: K walking through a dark doorway into the brightness outside...Little L watching Spring lambs with their mama...crispy red apples eaten under the dappled light of a tree... carrying home bundles of organic rhubarb destined for a fruit crumble.
Brilliant Sunshine seems to have chased away the April showers here in the UK this week. It really has been beautiful and unusually warm for this time of year. Wanting to make the most of the sunny weather, we decided to busy ourselves outdoors. I took little L up the garden to wash the greenhouse, a job we have been meaning to do for some time to help control pests and diseases and optimise the light getting in so we can give our little seedlings and plants the best start possible. Years worth of moss and algae had built up both inside and out. Little L enjoyed playing with the cloths in the bucket of soapy water and sloshing them over the glass to remove the grime. She seemed to enjoy how purposeful her task was, hard at work helping her mama.
The sky looked leaden overhead while we were at the top of our garden planting the potato patch late on Sunday afternoon. We hurried to dig the trenches before the children carefully placed the tubers into the ground and put their 'blanket' of dark soil back on top. The heavens opened and there was a quick, heavy April shower which sent the children scurrying back down the garden and back into the dry. As muddy boots were being pulled off and discarded in the garden room, K said, 'April really is here, it's raining!'
We planted some 'earlies','second earlies' and 'main crop' potatoes so we can have home grown throughout the summer and some will be stored in large paper sacks for the winter. As well as planting them in the ground, we are also using two Burgon & Ball Rectangular Potato Bags.
Right now I am...