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The beginnings of an English Summer

Love them or hate them, you can't ignore a windmill

Love them or hate them, you can’t ignore a windmill!

Even a traditional one

Even a very traditional one

Everywhere you look, there's blossom!

This year, blossom is everywhere

And the goslings are thriving

The goslings seem to be thriving

Tulip power!

And tulips rule!

The boldness of the iris

Irises are exotic

Lace curtains of

Wisteria form lovely curtains of lace

The fragrance of lilac

Lilac is fragrant

Whiter than white!

And white blossom scintillates!

On the Moors, flamboyant colour

On the Moors, flamboyant grasses wave

And in my own garden

And in my own garden, something pretty appears

Despite my head still being full of visions of Poland, my days are spent gazing at a very English landscape.  Already this year I’ve had breakfast in the garden, one of my favourite aspects of Summer.  It’s still only May, and a Bank Holiday weekend, so I shouldn’t be too despondent if the rain has arrived.  There’s still plenty of promise, don’t you think?

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137 comments

  1. Your summer … is hiding – rain, more rain …. and chilly – and it started off so good with a sparkling Spring.
    Amazed that the Iris is blowing over there – late June for here. Love the wind mill any shape. Thanks for the big pleasant smile this post gave me.

  2. Stunning photos Jo, you can’t beat a good windmill. I’m a big fan of turbines, (no pun intended) we have a wind farm that we can see from our house and I think they add a certain majestic something to the landscape.

  3. Your photos are incredibly beautiful and as I scrolled down each one was more beautiful than the previous. I could camp out at the lake and never move. 🙂 I hope you have breakfast outdoors for weeks on end. May summer be long!

    1. We start this time of year with such high hopes, Debbie, and then a typical English Summer ebbs and flows from one day to the next. 🙂 Yesterday was beautiful and sunny. Today damp and grey. But we’re privileged to be here, aren’t we, whatever the weather? Thank you so much for your continued visits to my blog. You bring a breathe of Spring each time. 🙂

  4. Up to now, I still don’t understand how some people see windmill as a disturbance or an eyesore. Tsk tsk tsk. Lovely blooms, Jo. That tulip does not look like the others. 🙂

      1. It looks good and very interesting. I just thought tulip are smooth and straight, isn’t it? Or just most tulips? I don’t really know.

      2. I see what you mean 🙂 You had me worried! You can get a variety of ‘frilled’ tulip with lacy edges and that’s what this is. They don’t last long before they begin to droop but great while they do 🙂

  5. I just love windmills, especially the older ones. The flowers are just gorgeous Jo! I can’t wait for our Wisteria to bloom as well. Love the smell. 😀

    Great shots and views hon. Thanks for sharing.♥ Big Hugs ♥

    1. Thanks, Sonel. I’m out of sorts because I went for a beautiful walk this morning but managed to get water inside my camera so have very few shots. I think the camera is recovering. Fingers crossed! 🙂

      1. Oh no, that sucks Jo but don’t worry, I am sure your camera will be just fine hon. Put it in a bag of rice or those cilicone balls you always get in the shoe/meds packages. It absorbs all the wetness and damp. ♥ Hugs ♥

  6. Everything has come along by leaps and bounds hasn’t it Jo … It’s so nice to have a record like this otherwise it’s too easy to forget how gorgeous the season is when it seems to be pouring endlessly …. I love the wisteria and your clematis . Fingers xx’d for tomorrow 🙂

      1. I was out taking photos yesterday as the sky was so dramatic over the Hills .. today I made a complete bish of a pen and wash sketch .. tomorrow will try my hand at something else … Lol

  7. Ahh…wisteria, lilac, irises…and yes, the blossoms! It is gorgeous out there isn’t it, as are your photos (love the traditional windmill shot!) Same as you Jo, we’ve had breakfast in the garden already. although it’s very windy here in Somerset and much cooler than last weekend. Still, let’s hope we are in for a good summer. Happy Bank Holiday Jo 🙂

    1. I’m in retreat, Sherri 🙂 (working on tomorrow’s walk because it’s bouncing out there!) Lots of photos of wet azaleas to come 🙂 Hope you’re having a nice weekend too.

      1. Oh dear…hope it clears for you soon 🙂 Still, azaleas are beautiful, no matter what…! We are, thanks Jo, just chilling and off to a bbq shortly although think we will be sitting inside as it is quite chilly…look forward to your post tomorrow 🙂

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