Six word Saturday


First signs?  We dare to hope!

I just looked back at my 6WS for this weekend last year, and sure enough, it was full of crocuses (or even, crocii?).  It’s been pretty miserable here the last week or so, but the flowers don’t seem to have noticed.  A garden just around the corner produces the most beautiful tiny deep purple iris each Spring, but you have to be quick- they only last a few of days.

Purple iris

Purple iris

I thought we might take a stroll through some Portuguese countryside to get us in the mood?  It arrives a little earlier there.

First we'll cross a ford

First we’ll cross a shallow ford

A pause to capture these. Sorry but I don't know their name.

A pause to capture these.  Sorry, but I don’t know their name.

A mother and her lamb view us with caution

A mother and her lamb view us with some caution

And then tiny Malhada do Peres, enhanced by the almond blossom

And then the hamlet of Malhada do Peres, enhanced by the almond blossom

Beautiful in close-up

Beautiful in close-up

The river bed is pretty dry, even this early

The river bed is pretty dry, even this early

Then there's this little jewel- a wild orchid

Then there’s this little jewel- a wild orchid

Obviously bird lovers here

Obviously bird lovers live here (or builders!)

I've never seen these fruit on a cactus, either

I’ve never seen these fruit on a cactus, either

All in all, a treasure trove, I think you’ll agree?  What does Spring herald in your part of the world?

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Six word Saturday

Symbol of Spring

A crocus carpet

Crocus ochroleucus by Gideon Pisanty for Wikipedia

Saved by Wikipedia again!  On Wednesday, as I walked back from meeting a friend in town, the sky was blue and our local council had excelled themselves with the swathes of crocus woven into the grass edges.

I climbed the path through the Old Cemetery, as I often do, for the view across town.  There too the crocus greeted me on every side.  I had that soaring, wonderful Spring in the air feeling, but of course, no camera!

I resolved to return to capture the moment later in the week, but you know what week’s are and I didn’t make it.  Had to make do with one rather feeble shot taken wearily at the end of our road on Thursday, after an 8 and a half mile walk. (through glorious woodland but not a crocus in sight)

Thought I might manage today, after zumba, but the skies are grey and not at all promising.  After a beautiful sunny week I can’t complain.

So what’s a girl to do?  Credit my good friend Wikipedia and Gideon Pisanty, Kenpei, Meneerke Bloem and Bernd Haynold respectively.  Thanks a lot guys.

Do you have a favourite?  Mine’s the exotic “blue” from Japan by Kenpei.  Don’t think our council planted any of that!

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