Spring is … springing!

This week, on 1 March, saw the start of meterological spring in the UK.  It was also St David’s Day in Wales so a belated Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus to you!  

Meterological spring is a scientific concept based on seasonal temperatures rather than the amount of light that shines on the equator which is how the vernal or astronomical spring is defined but to be honest, if you hadn’t known that Wednesday was the official start date, I don’t think you would have noticed.  I wouldn’t, anyway, as the weather hasn’t changed much for the last few weeks.  It’s not been that warm, it’s not been that cold, it’s just been … weather.

We’ve had grey days …

A view from a canal bridge. The grey sky is reflected in the water

and brighter days …

A green grassy mound behind white blossom on a tree

(There’s a sleeping dragon under that hill, you know 🙂 )

and sunsets which turned everything pink …

Trees turned pink by the setting sun against a grey sky


Some days have been sunny and still …

A bright blue sky reflected into a canal along with an arch railway bridge which makes circles in the reflections

Not cold enough for me to be wearing my hat and mitts any more, though.  Isn’t that reflection of the arches in the water stunning?  I love days like these.

It wasn’t sunny on the day the chimney sweep came over for his annual visit to sweep out our chimneys though …

A round chimney sweep brush is poking out of the top of chimney pot. The sky behind is grey.

And it wasn’t particularly sunny on the day that I went to Bolton Abbey with my friend Lucy, and it wasn’t cold either but it did start raining whilst we were out on our walk.  It hasn’t rained for weeks so that felt like a novelty!

A view down on to the River Wharfe where the water flows down a small waterfall. The leaves around are still copper autumn colours

There’s no filter on this photograph; it really was those shades of green and copper and the water rushing through the rocks was really that white.  You can’t see the speed of it on the photograph, though, or hear the sound even though we were up high in the trees, but you can imagine.  It was lovely!

The only real signs of spring are the flowers.  Snowdrops by the roadside …

A close up of snowdrops by a roadside.

Hellebores along the path …

Pink hellebores growing in a border along a pathClose up of pink hellebores growing in a border along a path

and crocuses out by the canal.  I’ve never seen these before, and they’re very carefully planted in lines so they haven’t just decided to grow there by themselves.

Purple crocuses in the grass. A sculpted stone bench is in the background

We’ve got another couple of weeks before the spring equinox on 20 March and by then, everything will be much further on in the garden and out in the fields.  We might even have had some rain by then too!

I’m sure we’ll have more grey days to come, but even on the greyest days sometimes, if you’re lucky, there is some colour to remind you that everything is not quite as bleak as it might first look.

A pink sunset sky against grey clouds


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10 Responses

  1. Audrey says:

    Beautiful pictures .I love seeing the trees when they are red .

  2. Ruth says:

    Thanks Christine- love the photos thanks for sharing and your family exploits!! – been there too!!
    Happy knitting ????- I am still on fair isle!!
    Love Ruth x

  3. sylvia scott says:

    thankyou for the lovely pics I am originally from the UK but now live in Port Macquarie NSW Australia which has a temperate climate most of the year I love the countryside but now live at Lighthouse beach which I love as well. I great to hear about your family and knitting I am a knitter and a spinner

  4. Beautiful photos. Great blog. Many thanks!!

  5. Susan Rayner says:

    Beautiful photos! Going by the weather forecast for next week which is threatening snow even here in Surrey – spring seems to be a long way off! Temperatures due to go back down to -5C Tuesday night!
    Looking forward to the 20th March and the Spring Equinox!
    Still long enough evenings for lots of knitting which is good.

    • winwickmum says:

      Yes, I saw that on the TV last night and it made me laugh after writing about the weather being the same for weeks! I hope it’s not too cold for you! 🙂 xx

  6. Helen says:

    I’ve seen some crocus and trees budding. Lots of sheep this week next to the office (Nether Alderley) growing socks and lambs, Helen x

  7. Nancy Page says:

    Love seeing these pictures of Spring in the UK! So pretty and peaceful! Thank you for sharing.

  8. Christine says:

    Hi Christine

    I always look forward to your photos especially of Bolton Abbey and the River Wharfe. We try and get up there every year to fly fish on the Wharfe although due to the pandemic and low water we haven not been able to but hope this year will be better. Also love reading your knitting tips etc. Have a good week.


    • winwickmum says:

      Lucy said the water was quite low for the time of year so obviously there’s not been much rain in that area either. I hope you get to go fishing again this year! xx

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