Sunday, 10 April 2011

A Day Off.

I am pottering about today doing nothing in particular after a very busy day in the garden yesterday. Everything aches gently this morning and wants a rest! I have been sitting enjoying a cuppa and watching the sun shine through the petals of these tulips. Over the years I have tried to build up a collection of more fancy tulips but they don't come back for me - I think perhaps mice eat them and I always forget where I have planted them when the leaves have died back and it's time to lift and store them. However, this clump and more in the front garden are old faithfuls and regularly turn up to do their stuff each year.
I love the flowers on this red sycamore - I think that's what it is. I was given three skinny saplings years ago and foolishly planted them all in our garden which is much too small for such large trees. One had to go when we installed a shed in the back garden and we were able to dig up the second one before it got too big and gave it to 'the tree man' from the local Council so it could be replanted somewhere in the neighbourhood. This third one is at the edge of the front garden where it is not in anyone's way and we can enjoy it. The leaves are large and a beautiful deep red when they appear but I love it best as it is now.
I am keeping the squirrels out of the garden in this glorious weather by sitting and working out there so much but the other day I spotted this one tucking in. I imagined him thinking 'If I eat

enough bird food ...................
........................ do you think I could learn to fly?!

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I am off outside again now. Hope you are all having a lovely restful Sunday and making the most of this gorgeous weather, even though it is too warm for the time of year.

10 comments:

Miriam Weaver said...

I've tried marking where things are in the garden it never works for me.

Maureen said...

We have definitely lost a few things after the hard winter, and yes it is too warm but hey!! it's lovely, we'll be off in the caravan at the end of the week so you can gaurantee a change for the worse!!!

The Weaver of Grass said...

I have been gardening too for the last few days - mainly digging up buttercups! Today I ache all over and I wouldn't say it is a gentle ache, so after filling one bucket with buttercups I have abandoned it and am sitting in the sun - idyllic.

The Bug said...

Lovely flowers! We have really been enjoying the squirrels in our back yard. The sparrows obligingly fling the seed off onto the ground so the squirrels & doves can enjoy it.

mrsnesbitt said...

How good is that piccie - I too captured a squirrel in our tree! Great minds eh?

Carol Q said...

lovely pics Heather. I've lost a couple of hebe's

MargaretR said...

Lovely to find spring is here at last. I love the idea of that little squirrel hoping to turn into a bird.

Robin Mac said...

Wonderful photos heather, your garden must be looking lovely now, and how wonderful to have squirrels visiting. I have just caught up with your previous blog, that birthday present is looking better each time I see it. Yourstitching is lovely. Cheers.

Linda said...

As I type this Peachy is in the conservatory watching a squirrel on our bird table.....I think I may let him out ;-)
Hope the aches have gone now Heather.
x

maggi21 said...

I just leave my tulips to their own devices and they come up in some surprising places. Lovely photos but thank goodness squirrels can't fly or who knows what they would get up to. They are entertaining though