A Daffodil for a Dreary Day

So, that’s dark and dreary January over. Thank goodness. February here may still be dreary but at least the days are getting longer in soggy England. February hasn’t gone well so far for us. Only three days old and already three bad things have happened. First, a close family member on my husband’s side has passed on. Next, we hear some other bad news, upsetting us both. And this morning, though nothing as bad, nonetheless annoying, my dishwasher decided it’s had enough and promptly went bang, knocking out the house’s electricity.

The power’s now restored (hence why I’m a little bit late with this post!) but it’s back to dishpan hands and soap suds for me this weekend. (Dave, where’s the handcream?) One bright start to the month was having a lovely lunch with Tricia. The okay food was more than made up for by the company, conversation and laughter – it’s the reason why we meet, after all. Thank you, Tricia. Looking forward to the next time.

It’s been so wet, cold, windy and miserable here in Britain, that it’s been impossible to do anything for the last three months in the garden to restore it to normal after last November’s major overhaul. Instead, we’ve filled the house with flowers and bulbs, rooms filled with the scent of hyacinths and the amaryllis a giant at over 3ft tall with three magnificent blooms.

The gardens are now springing back into life. (Pun there, did you notice?) The front lawn a riot of snowdrops and crocus and first of the daffodils in flower.

Out back, primroses are brightening the pond and the hellibores up and coming. During the dark days of January, I’ve been plotting and planning and ordering new plants. I want the garden to be a blaze of colour this summer, in fact all year round if I can achieve it, and if the winds don’t take it all down.

I mentioned last time the birds are returning. I was so pleased, until… Last weekend was National Birdwatch Weekend in Britain, organised by the RSPB. As several of our birdfeeders were damaged, we bought new ones and stocked up with plenty of bird feed and treats. I was looking forward to spending a happy hour or so watching my delightful garden visitors. I think the birds must have known something was going on as both Saturday and Sunday, not one single bird arrived. It wasn’t just in my garden either. For some unexplained reason we saw none in other gardens, or in nearby trees, and none flying overheard except one solitary gull, and they don’t count. Low and behold, this morning they are all back, so I’m one happy bunny again.

PS: I was just about to publish this post when I received a bit of good news which has also cheered me up. Hope you don’t mind me sharing it with you?

Silly question, really…

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16 responses to “A Daffodil for a Dreary Day

  1. Oh my gosh, Kit. First CONGRATULATIONS on the well-deserved first place finish! Wow, what a topsy-turvy, up and down day you’ve had! I’m so glad to hear it’s finished strong, though. I envy you your art ability. Freeform will probably never be my talent. I went to a paint and sip (acrylic painting of a designated picture plus wine – seemed like the perfect combination at the time. Lol.) Anyhow, it was fun, but the pressure of trying to paint a structured painting in a set amount of time was a bit stressful. Not my cup of tea, I think. 🙂 Scrap-booking and writing, that’s my artistic release. But I do envy you your amazing talent at bringing a forest or a field of flowers to life. Wow! And I’m hoping that other news isn’t TOO bad. I’m sorry for your family’s loss. Sigh.

    • Thank you, Laurie, for such lovely praise, and for your kind thoughts. I won’t ever amount to any greatness or recognised talent as an artist, but I do enjoy it and hope it shows through in what I do. Not all pieces turn out so well. I love the idea of a paint and sip club. I would love to start one, if only I had the space. Probably wouldn’t get much painting done, that’s for sure. 🙂 The other news isn’t good but hopefully there will be a happy ending. PS: I now have a new shiny dishwasher. Dave’s been marvellous doing most of the washing up this last week. Bless him.

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  3. Congratulations Kit, and so well deserved! Yes it’s great everything is coming to life again after such a miserable winter. And something else – there’s a brightness now which means we’re gradually working towards that wonderful light we get during spring. Can’t wait!

    • Thank you, Jo. I stood in the garden for a few minutes this morning now the sun’s finally reaching the patio area again, if only briefly. There was a definite warmth to its rays despite the dusting of snow still on the ground. Yes, the season’s turned a corner and things can only get better from here. Roll on Spring. 🙂

  4. I love your daffodil picture. Although its sunny here in Texas today, still much too cold for my liking. I am ready for spring!
    Congratulations on the good news you wrapped up with!

    • Thank you, Tricia. I love daffodils, always a bright glow to cheer the heart. We had snow here, albeit it just a light sprinkling of it, yesterday and although the sun is out it is freezing, the pond is covered in ice. But seeing the daffs reminds me Spring is on its way, it just might be a little later first thought. 🙂

  5. wow!! mega congratulations on the award! That’s wonderful. You are very talented for sure. Glad you got to meet up with Tricia. What a wonderful time that had to be. Daffodils are some of my favorite flowers. So cheery.

    So sad you lost someone you love. Sending love. Jillian

  6. Love the Woodland picture a well deserved winner. We got back from a very sunny spring like month in Arizona. It was raining when we got home but nice although cold day today.

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Never easy. And the hard month.

    Spring is just around the corner and it sounds like you are ready for it.

  7. Congratulations Kit, you are an artist! I enjoy the paintings I have seen and look forward to seeing an exhibition some time. I do hope the start to February has improved over the month but sorry you’ve had to cope with bad news and loss. I had similar experience on RSPB weekend! Normally have a community of sparrows in our hedge but that day they went on an away day! All back to normal now but odd. I look forward to postings of your garden when all sorted. Thanks too for the daffodil, my national emblem (well, leak too but heh no contest!). Good luck for March.

    • Thank you, Jane. Trouble is I’m having problems at the moment with a new painting I’m working on and am about to scrap it. Think I’m trying too hard. Weird about all the birds disappearing over the RSPB weekend, they obviously knew something was going on! Happily, this month’s been good except for the bad news bit which is ongoing and will be for some months but everyone is smiling and laughing despite this horrible cold weather. Stay warm! 🙂

  8. Mega congrats on your 1st place, Kit. Very well deserved! You are such a talented artist. Glad the birds found their way back after disappearing. Very strange. Sorry that February hasn’t been the most stellar month for you, sending big hugs. It’s always lovely to meet up, especially when we find a pub/restaurant that doesn’t mind that our lunches tend to blend into the early supper sittings 🙂 🙂 Looking forward to the next one. Stay warm. As I type, it’s snowing…

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