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climbing and unfurling

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sweet peas stretching upwards

Our little garden is exploding with growth – I honestly think I can see these sweet peas growing. 

Dandelions
dandelion garden

And the dandelions are exceptionally prolific this year. I told Gracie we'd welcome them because the bees need every happy habitat they can find. She took that as a good reason to pick every single one and blow their seed on every inch of garden not yet claimed. She's such a helper.

Buttercups
field of buttercups

On my walks the fields and meadows are filled with colour.

Cow parsley
cow parsley

And hedgerows are beautiful with delicate blooms, unfurling ferns and tiny inhabitants.

Unfurling
unfurling

Life in hedgerows
web building

Walking back through the village the neighbouring lilac trees smell divine.

Lilac
white lilac (does that make sense?)

If I were Thumbelina I'd curl up and nap on these pillowy blooms.

I hope you're absorbing every last drop of what spring has to offer. Though she's come late to us this year Spring's more than made up for her tardiness with the spectacular show she's putting on.

Happy Thursday :)


Remembering and helping

Fragile
An unexpected absence from my blog and an unexpected return too.
Though I haven't been able to keep my blog up I hope there are still followers who will share a moment of reflection with me in tribute to Kathreen and her family.
As I'm online so little these days I only found out last night about the loss of Kathreen and her husband Rob. I had just received email from her the day before her accident which somehow made the news that much more unbelievable. The feeling of having been punched in the stomach hasn't gone away.
I "met" Kathreen in the early Whip Up days and was lucky to be invited to write tutorials and guest posts on Whip Up and create projects for Action Pack too. She was a major spoke in a mighty wheel that became a huge online creative community. On Whip Up she didn't court controversy nor did she shun it. And her voice always seemed to be her own right from the start, not an idealized version of the self she wanted us to see.
Our children are the same ages and my heart hurts for hers and Rob's. If you can offer support, a fund has been set up for their daughter Otilija and son Orlando, you can find the details here.
Thanks Kathreen for all you've given your readers and the wider community too, we'll miss you.
PS - If you've been under an even bigger rock than me and hadn't yet heard this news you can Google Australian news sites to find out more.