Spring Snow

Well, this has been a cold week; jumpers and hats back out of the cupboard!
Today we’ve had snow – just light flurries on and off today; blowing playfully through the tree blossoms and golden daffodils.
Very apt today as we were studying a poem by Wordsworth – I wandered lonely as a cloud.

I wander’d 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

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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 […]

 

March Reflections

My portfolio from March 2022, hope you like seeing my work from this month, looking forward to seeing what April brings. CLICK March 2022 to see portfolio.

Spring Snow

Well, this has been a cold week; jumpers and hats back out of the cupboard! Today we’ve had snow – just light flurries on and off […]

Monday Blues

Monday blues – the weekend is over, the weather is beautiful and work again! I thought I would share some ‘blue’ images to shake away those […]

Springtime at last!?

Gosh I’m sorry I’ve not posted in a while; the lighter mornings and longer afternoons are seeing me more in the garden. My daily commute takes […]

2022 april Autumn botanical Flowers memories months national trust nature Photography SJ Butler travels video Yorkshire

Monday Blues

Monday blues – the weekend is over, the weather is beautiful and work again! I thought I would share some ‘blue’ images to shake away those blues!

Origin of Feeling Blue – Many cultures relate various colors to different moods, or assign other symbolic meaning to them. For example, in many English speaking cultures, red can signify anger, black can mean death or evil, white can show purity, and green can represent jealousy or a talent for growing plants.

The use of the color blue to mean sadness goes all the way back to the 1300s. Some sources point to Geoffrey Chaucer as the first author to write the word blue.

He wrote Wyth teres blewe and with a wounded herte in his poem Complaint of Mars from around the year 1385. Nowadays, we would write with tears of blue and a wounded heart. This could mean from its very first appearance, blue was connected with sadness.

 

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

I’m Blue Eiffel 65

Sunday Throwback

It’s Sunday again and this gorgeous Magnolia tree was taken during the first lockdown.

Magnolia was named by the Swedish botanist Carl Linneaus in 1737 in honour of the French botanist Pierre Magnol (1638-1715).   The plant which Magnol had described is that we now know as Magnolia virginiana an evergreen American species which despite its name was already growing in Europe by the mid eighteenth century.

The earliest western record of magnolias in cultivation is found in Aztec history at the time of Montezuma where there are illustrations of what we now know to be the very rare Magnolia dealbata.   This plant survives only in a few places in the wild and, although climate change is largely to blame, the natives cut the flowers for festivals and this prevents the plants seeding.   It was found by a Spanish explorer called Hernandez who was commissioned by Philip II of Spain and whose work was published in 1651.

Some of the earliest references to magnolias in literature refer to their purported medicinal properties.   Anyone who has smelt the peculiar smell of magnolia sap – and what an alluring smell it is – will see how likely this was to appeal to those involved in medicine.    The flower buds of Magnolia salicifolia are used in Asia to treat headaches and allergies.  A 1985 study reports on the potential use of this drug in the treatment of cancer.   Another recent study found that tonics from the bark of Magnolia officinalis lessen tremor in patients with Parkinsons disease.

Magnolias are however one of the most primitive plants in evolutionary history and fossil records show that magnolias once existed in Europe, North America and Asia over 100 million years ago.  

Sunday Memories

Hope you are all having a great weekend? I’m having a lovely one and […]

Tulips

Hope you’re enjoying the good weath and had a lovely weekend? The garden is […]

 

Springtime at last!?

Gosh I’m sorry I’ve not posted in a while; the lighter mornings and longer afternoons are seeing me more in the garden. My daily commute takes me through some gorgeous countryside and it is a delight to see at anytime of the year but especially Springtime!

I have seen many species of birds; robins, wood pigeons, blue & longtail tits, magpies, crows, geese, swans to name just a few. I also see squirrels & rabbits sitting bathing in the morning sun; their fur creating a golden halo around their silhouette.

Many trees and flowers are now in bloom; the very beautiful magnolia, sweet violets create a purple blanket over the floor, golden daffodils that nod their heads to welcome the sunshine and Muscari with the delicate blue flowers edged in white like a tutu. Which Spring flower is your favourite?

 

Getting Ready for June Showcase

Well this week looks like it’s going to be a lovely one (apart from today!) A few edits from the past 2 weeks of May, […]

Sunday Sun Salutation

A bit of seed Yoga I thought I would show you a little time lapse of my sunflower slowly bending towards the sun from last […]

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 […]

Murmarations II

What a fantastic sight this week – a starling murmuration! I was heading home from the shops when I could see this dark cloud twisting & turning and I immediately knew what it was! Well I headed back again at the same time over the weekend. The whole spectacle lasted 10 minutes so i was lucky to catch it (also my phone died half way through!)

If you didn’t read Murmurations (part 1) you can watch it hear as well as the new video.

It’s been called the greatest wildlife spectacle in Britain and is remarkable to witness. Studies suggest that starlings congregate in these remarkable ‘murmurations’ to deter possible predators, which are confused by the swirling masses. Despite a recent drop in their overall population, you can still witness the mesmerising sight of thousands of birds performing their aerial dance at dawn and dusk. Click the image below to find where you can see these phenomenal events (UK only).

Murmarations Part II – video by SJ Butler
Murmarations Part I – video by SJ Butler

…greatest wildlife spectacle in Britain”

R Smith – 2021
Getty Images


 

Bird

Murmarations

What a fantastic sight this week – a starling murmuration! I was heading home from the shops when I could see this dark cloud twisting […]

robin, bird

Big Bird Watch 2022

Monday & Tuesday have been so dull and gray – really depressing. This morning I cycled in the drizzle, not much fun! Although, at the […]

Majestic birds caught by the camera

I thought you might like these images of majestic birds from the BBC website but for some unknown reason it won’t let me embed the […]

Sunday Memories

Sunday memories this time I’ve chosen the theme of yellow.

Yellow flowers commonly evoke feelings of happiness and cheer, which is exactly what they symbolize. The are associated with the sun and as such are often viewed as uplifting especially when included in floral displays. The message does depend of the type of flower and the circumstances, but as a rule, you can count on yellow flowers to carry a positive message.

Ancient Mayans: The Mayans associated yellow with corn the provider of their sustenance. Yellow flowers symbolized wholesomeness and abundance.

Central and South America: In some Central and South American cultures, yellow flowers are reserved for funerals.

Mexico: In some areas of Mexico, marigold yellow represents death.
France: In France the color yellow symbolizes jealousy.

Victorian England: In Victorian times, the yellow rose gained special significance as as symbol of love, as until recently yellow roses did not exist.

Eastern Cultures: The color yellow is considered sacred and imperial, which may carry over to the meaning of yellow flowers.

Western Cultures: In the Western culture, yellow symbolizes happiness, joy and hope.

Yellow flowers have played a vital role in history both as symbols of lightness and levity and as solemn flowers for remembrance and sympathy.

Meaning and Symbolism of Yellow Flowers. Although there are some exceptions to the language of flowers when it comes to yellow flowers, they most commonly represent the following: Friendship, Happiness, Joy, Pride, Clarity, Truth & intellect.

 

June Memories

I can hear the wind blowing outside as I lay in my bed at 05:00. […]

Breezy Knees

Twenty acres they are one of the largest gardens in the North of England and […]

Springtime Flowers

Have you noticed that that the days are getting longer and that colours are popping up all around us? The trees have a soft green tinge to them as their new fresh green leaves start to open up.


The Magnolia tree at work will soon be open, you can see the soft pink petals ready to emerge; maybe next week they will be out fully into bloom.

 

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 […]

March Reflections

Just a few gorgeous images from March when the weather was beautiful and sunny. Lots of flower images from Mother’s day, a few from my […]

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 […]

Murmarations

What a fantastic sight this week – a starling murmuration! I was heading home from the shops when I could see this dark cloud twisting & turning and I immediately knew what it was!

It’s been called the greatest wildlife spectacle in Britain and is remarkable to witness. Studies suggest that starlings congregate in these remarkable ‘murmurations’ to deter possible predators, which are confused by the swirling masses. Despite a recent drop in their overall population, you can still witness the mesmerising sight of thousands of birds performing their aerial dance at dawn and dusk. Click the image below to find where you can see these phenomenal events (UK only).

Murmarations – video by SJ Butler

…greatest wildlife spectacle in Britain”

R Smith – 2021
Getty Images


 

robin, bird

Time

It’s been a glorious week. Getting back into the garden is a great feeling especially when the temperature has been in the high teens. With […]

Murmarations II

What a fantastic sight this week – a starling murmuration! I was heading home from the shops when I could see this dark cloud twisting […]

January Weekend II

A great weekend of sunsets, bike rides and long walks over the Howardian Hills. Even though the weather forecast lied and said no rain! I […]

Sunday Memories

Sunday memories from when I visited RHS Harlow Carr Gardens in Harrogate about 3 or 4 years ago. Always colour in their gardens no matter what time of year you visit.


“The garden is full of scent and early colour.
Spring is almost here, heralded by the first daffodils in flower,
while seasonal blooms continue to delight on the
Winter Walk and snowdrops light up the Woodland.”

Curator Paul Cook

 

Butterflies

Hope you are having a good weekend so far? I’ve been seeing more and more butterflies round the garden and fields which is something that […]

Cat Sun Salutations

Two posts this morning! Thought I would share a picture of Z and J cat sat on their little yoga mats enjoying the morning sunshine. […]

Butterflies

Hope you are having a good week so far? I’ve been seeing more and more butterflies round the garden and fields which is something that […]