March

 

Saturday Motivation

“Magic waited for me in the morning dew of this brand new day.” BL Bates  

Beautiful Flowers

Well this week has gone fast don’t you think? It has been such a warm & sunny week, I hope it stays like this! More […]

A Touch of Green

It has been a brilliant start to a new week; time is flying pat so fast I can’t believe it’s the 10th May already. I […]

Thursday Throwback

Have you noticed that the Daffodils are flowering or soon to be flowering? On my way to work there are hundreds planted on the road side. I must take some pictures when the sun is shining on them, they will look glorious!

These images are from previous years from York, Castle Howard and RHS Harlow Carr Gardens.

“The word ‘March’ comes from the Roman ‘Martius’. This was originally the first month of the Roman calendar and was named after Mars, the god of war.  March was the beginning of our calendar year. We changed to the ‘New Style’ or ‘Gregorian calendar in 1752, and it is only since then when we the year began on 1st January.

“I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o’er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.”

William Wordsworth

 

Cow Parsley

On my glorious bike rides through the back lanes, Cow Parsley, Anthriscus sylvestris, is starting to fill the hedgerows. It was used in traditional medicines […]

Bank Holiday Weekend

Hope you are all having a great Bank Holiday (UK) weekend? I’m having a lovely one: the weather could be a bit sunnier but at […]

Sunday Memories

Hope you are all having a great weekend? I’m having a lovely one and the weather is absolutely gorgeous I’m spending most of the weekend […]

Temple Newsam

Over the last week of February I visited Temple Newsam.

Temple Newsam, a country estate in the heart of Leeds. The best way to explore the estate is on foot, taking in the stunning sights of the 1500 acres of Capability Brown landscaped gardens, woodland and park areas.

Temple Newsam is famous as the birth place of Lord Darnley, the notorious husband of Mary Queen of Scots, it’s been described as one of the best heritage properties in Britain.

SJ Butler Photography
SJ Butler Photography

 

Easter holiday in York III

As promised a few images from my ‘big’ camera when I visited National Trust property, Goddard’s the other day. The garden looked stunning in their April colours and blossoms. Goddard’s has five acres of garden rooms to walk through that used […]

A Touch of Blue

Hope you all had a great Easter & didn’t eat too much chocolate? The weather in North Yorkshire has been glorious and I’ve been very busy in the garden tidying up and getting rid of a rotten decking and transforming it […]

Easter holiday in York II

A few images from my camera phone from today. I visited National Trust property Goddard’s this afternoon. The garden looked stunning in their April colours and blossoms. Goddard’s has five acres of garden rooms to walk through that used to be […]

Floods 22/2/22

Another breezy but very bright February day, so I decided to visit York and check out the floods (which happen quite regularly when there has been a lot of rain, snow or both). York was open for business, which is the opposite to what a few reports in the paper have been saying!

Thank fully they have amended their article to state: “This article and headline have been amended to make clear that in fact only parts of the city were impacted by temporary floods. The city of York remains fully open.”

“UK flood warning: Entire city SUBMERGED – horror as pubs and cars totally swamped”

Express 22/2/22
Entire city SUBMERGED – horror as pubs & cars totally swamped. 
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Floods 22/2/22
Floods – SJ Butler

Historical records

Flooding in York is not a new thing, back in 1263 when records began the City has been at the mercy of the Rivers.

1263 Flood water rampages down North Street as far as the junction of Bridge Street & Ouse Bridge.

1316 Floods hold York Castle to siege washing away essential earthworks.

1564 An ice jam, caused by huge chunks of thawing ice borne upon flooding waters smashed away parts of Ouse Bridge.

1625 & 1638 Highest floods in York ever recorded.

More recently there was serious flooding in 1947, 1978, 1991, & 1995. However, 2000 saw the worst floods on record for that century. The River Ouse rose to an astonishing 5.5 metres above its normal level.

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Storm Malik

Storm Malik rushed into the UK on Saturday 29th January causing quite a bit of damage. Here, in Yorkshire I just had a […]

A bit of a cold spell

And that’s the first week of January completed already!What a change this week from really mild weather to freezing cold and icy. A […]

Beautiful mild day

I heard a bird sing in the dark of December. A magical thing. And sweet to remember. We are nearer to Spring than […]

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Bloomin’ Windy!

First Storm Douglas, then Eunice and now Franklin – I’m bloomin’ fed up of been blown about & freezing cold! Today I have cleaning up the greenhouse ready to start planting some seeds.

I found the most cutest little nest in one of my growbags (probably a field mouse). It was made from dried grass and my Honesty Seed cases then I had kept in the greenhouse to dry. I have taken some pictures but you can’t really get to see the beauty of it without destroying it. I will upload them tomorrow.

February Crocus
Snowdrops

Temple Newsam

Over the last week of February I visited Temple Newsam. Temple Newsam, a country estate in the heart of Leeds. The best way […]

Spring Memories

A few images from past Springtime. I just love the colours and the freshness of Spring. The first Daffodil has been spotted and […]

Spring is well underway!

Wow! The first few Crocus have appeared in my garden and they are soo beautiful. Who else has Crocus up in the garden?

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Snow Day

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Omg we have snow! Watch my short video with Z cat watching the snow!

Z cat watching the snow
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Tulips

Hope you’re enjoying the good weath and had a lovely weekend? The garden is looking super at this tome of year, hope yours is too! […]

Tulips

Tulips in Turkey continued to remain popular, and in the early 18th century, the ‘Age of the Tulips’ or ‘Tulip Era’ began. There were tulip […]

April Cyanotypes

The weather over the weekend was glorious, so instead of visiting the Open Studios I decided to create some new Cyanotypes. This time I used […]

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A Wet Weekend

Another weekend!
A very wet weekend though! I thought you might like this video, sound up, you can hear a little bird singing his heart out!

SOUND UP!

March Reflections

Just a few gorgeous images from March when the weather […]

March Reflections

My portfolio from March 2022, hope you like seeing my […]

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Friday Reflections

Another weekend! This week has been so long I thought we were never going to get here! Today was such an icy start with crisp leaves and white hard grass. I was surprised that the lake did not show more signs of icing over as it was bitter cold.

Time

It’s been a glorious week. Getting back into the garden […]

Sunday Memories

It’s Sunday which means were looking back at memories, this […]

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Spring Memories

A few images from past Springtime. I just love the colours and the freshness of Spring. The first Daffodil has been spotted and are coming through fast in my garden too! Had a lovely bike ride round some local lakes today so hopefully will be able to share some images/videos this week.

Muscari

Morii

The desire to capture a fleeting moment

(Noun / Origin: Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows / mo·rii)
Crocus

June Memories

I can hear the wind blowing outside as I lay […]

Summer Solstice

The summer solstice, otherwise known as the longest day of […]

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Spring is well underway!

Wow! The first few Crocus have appeared in my garden and they are soo beautiful. Who else has Crocus up in the garden?

Crocus

Pumpkins

I have been growing some mini pumpkins for my window […]

Autumnal Equinox

While the county may be enjoying a patch of warm weather, […]

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