Spring balls

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Mimosa vibrates

With colour, to lift the gloom.

Small beacons of bright.

For years I’ve admired these small balls of Spring fuzz in the Algarve, not knowing what they were.  I guess the knowledge is worth a celebratory haiku.  Gilly is feeling rather sad this week, so I hope this might cheer her up.

I don’t know how much laptop time I’ll have this weekend, as I’m eagerly anticipating the arrival of my daughter.  I’ll be around if I can, but in case I miss you, I wish you all a peaceful and happy Easter.

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    1. I’ll be back there soon! 🙂 🙂 13th April! Where are you next? Can’t keep up! Was admiring Debbie’s post on Belfast and wondering about later in the year.

      1. Pity I didn’t know .. because I have nothing booked for the this months and I think that the cheap flights to Faro has started by now. In May will I go back to Scotland for a wedding and 3 days later I’m off to Sopot for 5 days … staying just on the beach. Debbie’s post???? Where???? I will go back in end of October or begining November if you want to come along.

  1. What a lovely haiku! Your image and words are giving me ‘season’ envy as we head into a rainy fall here in Sydney. I have’t experienced a real spring since 2012 and I do miss it. The season of hope!

  2. Oh! Wattle! Beautiful, Jo! The mountains behind the farm are filled with these. I love them (but my sinuses disagree). Have a wonderful time with your daughter😀

    1. And me, Seonaid, but even more so the discovery that they are what my Australian friends have been calling wattle! This was a win! win! post for me. 🙂 Happy Easter! Family gathering for you?

      1. We headed north last night….its hubbys birthday and some of his friends will join us today for some walking, eating and guitar playing….meanwhile I’ll be out with my camera I hope😊💕

  3. I hope that you have a wonderful Easter Jo, and I’m so pleased you’re going to have daughter time. -) I love these “spring balls” and I wonder if I might be able to grow them in my climate, if I can locate them! They’re really spectacular!

    1. I gather they are also known as golden wattle, Debbie. I just never made the association with my Australian friends blogs, but the light finally dawned yesterday when one of them pointed it out (well, several did, actually 🙂 ). Yes, it’s wonderful to have her here! Thanks for your good wishes and a happy Easter to you and yours too 🙂

    1. I love that I’ve accidentally ‘discovered’ wattle, Meg! All these years of reading your posts and not realising it. The light bulb finally lit! 🙂 Enjoy your first Polish Easter, hon. It’ll be special 🙂

      1. Blessing of the basket tomorrow and Easter breakfast with Marcin’s parents on Sunday. Does Easter mean you have your daughter for more than two days? Enjoy her company – which you obviously do!

    2. Wonderful! 🙂 My first ever visit to Poland was 5 days in the run up to Easter but I had to fly home on Maunday Thursday because I was working over the holiday (care assistant to my lovely Vron 🙂 ). Lisa is here till Tuesday. I’m radiating joy and happiness this morning (and eating toast while I wait for them to get up 🙂 ) Hugs, Meg!

  4. LOVELY! Although we had wattle trees in the Cape and they were like weeds! Have a lovely weekend with Lisa and I hope we get some sun! Today was dire driving down here.

    1. East/west split, Jude! Whenever you have rain I’ll have sun 😦 Glorious sunrise here and I’m up silly early again, despite going to bed at 1.
      Happy new home! 🙂

    1. I know I’ll be exhausted afterwards, Anna, but I can just collapse for a day or two. It’s so worth it to have them here. 🙂 Thanks, darlin! Happy Easter 🙂

  5. Love your mimosa balls!! Saw some in France when I was there recently, and when I was with a friend in Lucca some years ago we got little tiny sprigs of artificial mimosa on International Women’s Day and I still have it..

    1. What a nice memento, Sue! (funny word that, isn’t it? Thought I’d misspelt and it should be ‘momento’ but that goes with ‘prego’, doesn’t it?) I’m rambling again! Happy Easter to you!

    1. I even love the name, Susan! (Mimosa, not Susan, but Susan’s ok too 🙂 ) Happy Easter! I’ll be over to walk with you as soon as I get through my comments.

  6. Gorgeous Spring balls and I love the haiku, Jo. Have fun with your daughter and a very happy Easter to you all. I remember a wonderful Spring Ball at Birmingham University not long after hubby and I met. What a night we all had, and I didn’t get back to my res. until well after daybreak. Those were the days.🙂

    1. Well, I have a lovely Spring morning awakening behind me, Ad. 🙂 You’ve still got the memories, and a lovely husband to boot! (unfortunate choice of words- maybe better not to 🙂 ) Happy Easter to you both!

  7. Happy Easter to you Jo and have a fabulous time with your daughter! I LOVE the little spring balls and have never seen anything like them. Let me guess they love warm weather. Go figure.🙂

    1. Sssh, Sue! I’ve got the sunshine peeking over my shoulder as I wait for everybody to get up this morning. Hoping for a Good Friday! 🙂 🙂
      Happy Easter to you and Dave! Bet you’ve got a plan?

  8. It looks like golden wattle, our national floral emblem. In the words of the immortal Monty Python:

    This here’s the wattle,
    the emblem of our land.
    You can stick it in a bottle,
    you can hold it in your hand.

    Have a lovely Easter, Jo.🙂

    1. Thank you so much for enlightening me, Carol! A lightbulb exploded in my head when I read this, because I’ve seen it on Meg’s posts many a time and not made the connection. Our world just got smaller again. 🙂 Happy Easter!

  9. Do you like the smell of mimosa? Of course you do. So do I🙂 Where I grew up they would show up as early as February, and sometimes even in January for my birthday. I love them. This is an impressive capture of them.

      1. No worries about hunting Jo, unless it is Easter egg hunt😀. I appreciate the wishes. Have a good time with your family!

  10. Lovely – definitely happiness bringers!
    Have a great weekend, Jo. My daughter arrives later today – but she’ll be revising all weekend. But I really should do some spring cleaning. We’ll see!

      1. I did that in a rush as I went out the door this morning. Now I’m back to say Happy Easter, have a lovely time with Lisa and thanks for linking to me. Is Lisa visiting you in the warm or are you at home? The mimosa is confusing me (-:

  11. Such gorgeous little balls of sunshine! Love your haiku and the gorgeous photo makes it just more beautiful.😀 ♥

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