22 Feb 2017

Signs of new life





Hello everyone.  I hope all is well with you. Mr. P. and I have 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 Mr. P. 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,
Linda :)

19 comments:

  1. Boa tarde, sou apreciador de flores, não sei o nome da maioria delas, as mesmas são a bela oferta da natureza, as fotos são são magicas pelas maravilhosas flores com cores fantásticas que mostram.
    AG

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  2. You are certainly way ahead of us in the blossom department! What beautiful views around the old church and its decoration of flowers. It sounds like you must have had a lovely visit to your home town.

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  3. The blooming Spring flowers are beautiful. We've had a mild winter as well, but you are ahead of us as far as blooming flowers are concerned. Thanks for sharing your Spring-like beauty with us.

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  4. What a joy to visit and see the beautiful signs of Spring in each photo, stunning.

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  5. Like you we have snowdrops growing in the gardenand like you I have been to that church as well. Might have to visit for the snowdrops.
    http://thechurchexporer.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/st-botoph-swyncome.html

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  6. How beautiful, there are few things more lovely than a churchyard full of snowdrops. The flowers in your garden look wonderful too:)

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  7. I was amused by your reference to meeting grandsons' girlfriends as, for me, any grandchildren at all seem still a very distant prospect! Lucky you. The snowdrops and aconites are so lovely particularly in the churchyard setting.

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  8. Oh that glorious church yard, simply stunning. It is so good to see spring flowers and blossom again.

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  9. What a fabulous sight. Snowdrops grow well for me but I've never had a single aconite survive. It's such a shame, they look so good together. Glad you had a good time away.

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  10. Lovely to see all of your photo's.
    Snowdrops are just great aren't they.
    Our local church has a wonderful carpet of flowering crocus at the moment - it looks a treat.

    Pleased you had a good time away

    All the best Jan

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  11. Hello Linda, I love all your beautiful photos, and the country lane detour was wonderful. Lots of interesting things to see. Thankyou!

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  12. It was wonderful to see your comment on my blog today. Thanks! Aren't the early signs of springtime just so wonderful? This week I am finding myself craving those signs, so your post really hit the spot for me. What lovely photos around the church. Those snowdrops are just amazingly delightful.

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  13. What wonderful spring flowers and countryside images you have captured. So lovely to have a break and catch up with family.
    Stay safe in Storm Doris and have a wonderful weekend Linda :)

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  14. What a beautiful sight the snowdrops and aconites are in the churchyard - the early spring flowers this year seem to be more prolific than ever - I have never seen so many flowers on my clumps of helebores before.

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  15. Wonderful early Spring flowers. Must get out of London and see more. I will make a note to go to this wonderful church when the snowdrops are fully out next year, or possibly try to get to Leverton, near Hungerford, where there is a wonderful wood that has incredible snowdrop displays. I have not yet ascertained if you're actually allowed to walk through the wood though :)

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  16. Dear Linda,

    So beautiful to see the snowdrops and signs of Spring over there. Must have been wonderful getting away for a break and catching up with family. Look forward to hearing more about your trip.
    Have a lovely weekend
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  17. The church yard is so beautiful!
    It is always wonderful that we find new flowers and blossoms come out after a long winter.
    Have a good weekend.

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  18. Signs of Spring are popping out everywhere! What lovely photos you've shared. A beautiful church yard. Enjoyed my visit.

    Wishing you a beautiful week...
    Brenda

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  19. You are way ahead on spring - gives me hope!

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