Hello everyone. I hope all is well with you. We've just returned from a time in Berkshire where we stayed with our daughter in my home town and visited some places in the bordering counties. We haven't been down to Reading for two years or seen one of our grandsons since our 50th wedding anniversary in 2015 as different family members usually come to stay with us. I've been wanting to get back to Berkshire to see family, meet our grandsons' girlfriends as well as look around the area and take photos before the area changes completely from when we lived there! Naturally I had a wish list of things I wanted to see and it was lovely to be driven around by our daughter so that my husband could rest after the relatively long journey for him these days from South Yorkshire to Reading.
The above photos are flowers in our own garden. The snowdrops have been flowering for some weeks now.
Today I want to share the detour up a country lane to see the snowdrops and aconites in the churchyard of St. Botolph's Church in the village of Swyncombe in Oxfordshire. I've shared photos on this blog of a previous visit to the church and other photos sent to me when our daughter visited there for 'Snowdrop Sunday' on the second Sunday of February when there are refreshments and a talk and blessing in the churchyard by a priest - click on the side bar label for Oxfordshire and scroll down to the appropriate blog if you wish to see them. It was good to be in the area at this time of the year to see the flowers for ourselves as well as the snowdrops flowering on the grassy banks and in the beech woods as we drove through the winding country lanes of south Oxfordshire. Comparing our daughter's photos and mine I think that the flowers were even more prolific this year. The flowers were also more open as they responded to the milder weather and sunshine last Sunday morning.
the War Memorial and avenue of trees through the nearby hamlet of Cookley Green
Finally, back home shrubs in the local park are beginning to burst into new life.
Thank you for your visit. I'll be back soon when I'll share some more about our time away. Meanwhile I wish you a peaceful day and good rest of the week.