Saturday, 8 May 2021

Bluebell Time

I've been having a rather lazy day today. Outside, the sky is grey, the wind is blowing and it has been raining on and off all afternoon. It's still quite chilly and, as I've been feeling wiped out for much of the past week, I am happy to stay home, drink far too much coffee than is good for me, while reading some of the magazines which I've had tucked away in a drawer for a couple of months - 'the simple things' and 'Lakeland Walker' if you are curious. It's exactly the kind of weather that lends itself to me spending a cosy day on the sofa, and so, as there was nowhere else I needed to be, I conceded this to be my best option under the circumstances, even if it does feel a little self indulgent. 

I haven't been totally dormant, however. This morning I've baked some flapjack, as I'm sure we'll be heading out somewhere tomorrow, and I always like to pack some to eat with our lunch. I have also worked my way through the huge pile of ironing, which had been decorating the dining table since the middle of the week, when I had far more appealing things to do with my time. That's because on Wednesday, as soon as I finished work for the morning, I took myself off down the lane, along the track which leads out from the village, then out past the riding stables and into the woods. My only intention being to see the bluebells while they were still looking their very best.

As usual, I was not disappointed.


















I hope you enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed capturing them. Now, I think I'll just go and put the kettle on...again. 

J. X
























48 comments:

  1. They look beautiful in the dappled light. I must take a trip to our local woods before the bluebells are past their best.

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    1. They are so beautiful. It's just a shame they don't stay in flower for very long. X

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  2. I really think they are probably our most beautiful wild flower.

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    1. They are a beautiful shade of blue. X

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  3. You did the right thing - capturing those beauties from all possible angles, while they were still there.

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    1. It was lovely having the woods all to myself. X

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  4. How very pretty! Thank you for sharing those pictures with us. I've never seen bluebells in person! Sounds like you've been rather productive, baking and ironing, etc. A day spent relaxing with a magazine or two sounds just right to me. Enjoy!

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    1. I did quite enjoy putting my feet up for a change. X

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  5. Bluebells are out here too in Scotland and look marvellous - sadly the ones in our cottage garden, which have spread up into the wood, are the Spanish ones but they do give the same effect and there is no way I could stop them spreading even if I wanted too. Hope you enjoyed your lazy day.

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    1. I have a few Spanish bluebells in my own garden. They are still pretty but I much prefer our native variety. X

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  6. Perfect time for the bluebells. I used to live near a "bluebell wood" when I was a youngster and it was a favourite excursion.

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    1. These bluebells are up a steep hill from the main path. It would be very easy to miss them if you didn't know they were there. X

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  7. Such bonnie bluebells. Love them. Thanks for sharing. :) X

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  8. Absolutely gorgeous. I used to pick bluebells to take home for my mother, your photos brought back memories for me.

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  9. I just love bluebells and your photos are stunning, thank you.
    xx

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    1. I always think bluebells look even more lovely with the sunlight dappled through the trees. X

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  10. Carpets of bluebells always look gorgeous,I love the first shot πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Eunice. That image was the first one I captured as I was walking up the steep track. X

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  11. How could anyone not love the bluebell photos. I have a feeling that a year ago I commented that I hadn't seen (or can't remember seeing) such beautiful woods since the walks in 'Bluebell Woods' as we called them when I was a child. My family used that title (real title 'Woolton Woods') all year regardless of whether there were bluebells flowering or not. I wonder if they are still there.

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    1. These are the bluebell woods I used to visit as a child and I'm sure they are even more beautiful than they were back then. X

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  12. Lazy days are the best although it didn't sound that lazy to me, especially when there was ironing involved. I love your pictures, bluebells are just heavenly I love them especially a huge display like this. I hope you're having a peaceful Sunday. x

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    1. Thank you, Linda. I'm not really used to sitting around but I quite enjoyed it for once :) It would have been very different, however, if it hadn't been pouring with rain for most of the day. X

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  13. Happy sigh. Thank you for some beautiful photos. Lovely to see bluebells in native woodland. Have a good week. B x

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures, Barbara. X

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  14. You've captured them beautifully. Our garden is full of them! x

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    1. I'm very envious. I only have a few of the Spanish variety. X

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  15. Stunning! I love a bluebell or two (or thousands). I listened to an interesting podcast all about bluebells a couple of weeks ago, it was on the an episode of "In defence of plants". Niche listening I know, but I rather like it. Have a good week.

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    1. Thank you, Christina. I'll have to try and listen to it. X

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  16. So beautiful!
    I am so happy you shared these beautiful photos.
    I am enjoying them as I sip yet another cup of coffee today. : )

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    1. I think I should really try and cut down ;)

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  17. Lovely! In the woods where I walk celandines give the bluebells a run for their money - I don't know how often I have to stop to get just one more photo of those sunshine-bright yellow flowers against a sea of purply-blue and green!

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    1. Ah! Celandines are so pretty too. Although, I can never seem to capture them quite as well. I think it is because the sunlight reflects off those beautiful bright yellow flowers. X

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  18. Aah yes...we are blessed with a carpet of bluebells in our local woodland. x

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  19. Oh, those bluebells look amazing. Coffee is such a treat. I have cut back to two cups a day now, but could easily drink more...

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    1. Oh dear! I've often drunk two cups before nine o'clock! X

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  20. Such a feast for the eyes. Pop the kettle on.... Jo x

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    1. I read your comment just as I was waiting for the kettle to boil :)

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  21. Masses of bluebells really do look amazing. Lazy days are absolutely precious when you have children so just enjoy x

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    1. They are few and far between. I'm much more used to being busy. X

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  22. Many thanks for sharing these beautiful photographs, a joy to see the bluebells.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Sadly, I think they will all be gone very soon. X

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  23. So lovely....

    Just pausing my "Blog Pause",
    for tiny bit...
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  24. Oh those bluebells are so pretty.

    I've been trying to ignore a pile of clothes that needs ironing, and your post reminded me it again. Hehee

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    1. This pile had grown so big that I couldn't ignore it any longer :)

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