On the bright side …

A black dog is walking across a sunlit field towards heavy black clouds with rain falling out of themA black dog is walking across a sunlit field towards heavy black clouds with a rainbowA rainbow in heavy black clouds visible between a gap in two hedges.  This side of the hedge is in sunshineA rainbow in heavy black clouds over a field of ripening barley.  The field is in sunshine.

It was views like this that inspired the name of my Winwick Mum yarn colourway, Brightside, but despite the title of today’s post, I’m not sure that there is a bright side to all the rain we’ve been having!  I even read on the Met Office website that the forecast for the coming week is “for fairly typical June weather … ” which is apparently a mixture of drier, sunnier weather with showers or longer spells of rain and average or below average temperatures (nothing like hedging your bets!).  At the risk of sounding like my Nan, I don’t remember June being typically cold or wet when I was growing up and if this is climate change, I don’t like it!

Anyway, this is the first in a couple of posts which will be catch ups of photos from over the last few weeks – as much for me as for you as the blog is a good way for me to remember what’s been going on – and next up are some Hellebore flowers just as they were in full bloom in the middle of May.  They grow down our side path so I see them every time I go in and out of the house and I just love them.  Every one of them is slightly different (although the middle two photos are the same flower) as the result of the bees blending the varieties that are in the garden – I did start off with pure white, deep pink and deep purple varieties but now I have these and they are absolutely unique to our garden and I love that 🙂

The flowers have gone now and the border is full of green leaves, and next year there will be more flowers in another array of unique combinations – I can’t wait!

More photos coming up – see you tomorrow! xx


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11 Responses

  1. Val Hart says:

    Absolutely love the views and the flowers are beautiful

  2. Christie Heath says:

    Beautiful flowers. And the rainbow is just relaxing to look at. Thank you so much.

  3. Susan Kostyrka says:

    Hello Christine, I love the Helebores too, we have loads in our garden and one which we bought a couple of years ago which is a double and very pretty it was too! Over here in East Anglia we have had more than our fair share of rain too, especially as we are supposed to be one of the driest areas in the country! Will look forward to more photos soon, take care x

    • winwickmum says:

      Ooh, that sounds like a lovely flower! I suppose it’s a good thing that we’ve had all the rain as potentially it means we won’t get the droughts later if the sun ever shines – but I’d really like to see a bit more sunshine! 🙂 xx

  4. Sarah Murray says:

    Loving the photo’s especially the rainbows. I’ve been expecting to see plenty of them with this weather of ours but haven’t as yet surprisingly. Such great photography you have. Are they taken on your phone? Sarah x

    • winwickmum says:

      Yes! I take all my photos on my phone these days – I used to carry a camera around as well but the phone camera was a better spec so in the end, I left the other camera at home. I use a Samsung S22; I’m pretty sure it’s got lots of functions that I haven’t even discovered yet but it seems to cope very well with how I use it at the moment … I’m glad you like the photos, thank you! 🙂 xx

  5. Helen says:

    I’m knitting a climate wrap, I blame you for teaching me socks, and I’ve become even more obsessed with the weather. I’ve been posting it on Instagram at the end of each month. June features many days with the same temperature as January! I’m based near Manchester so should have more warmer pinks in it by now…

    • winwickmum says:

      Ha! Isn’t Manchester supposed to be the rainy city? Or is that Aberdeen? I can’t remember and I’m sure it’s changed now, but I was told once that Manchester is just in the right place for the rain to come over the Pennines and then drop out of the clouds 🙂 I am very happy to take the blame for you disappearing down the knitting rabbit hole …! 🙂 xx

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