Hello March!

What happened to winter?

I think it may have been playing the USA and Canada for far too long this year. We seem to have lurched from a wet and windy autumn to a wet and windy spring without seeing winter in between. I can count on one hand the number of times I have had to de-ice the car this year. However, I have lost count of the number of days the monkeygirl has been anxious about indoor playtime (Asperger’s and noise sensitivity) due to the rain! I have never known our little corner of Essex so wet! The local drains have failed miserably to cope with the volume of rain leading to huge puddles on some of the roads which take days to disappear and the town’s green spaces have been turned into muddy bogs.

I am sure the persistent greyness and dampness hasn’t helped my mood this year. I’m never normally affected by S.A.D. too much, I love a cool, crisp winter morning with the sparkly frost creating beautiful patterns on all sorts of surfaces, ok, so I hate de-icing the car as much as the next person but I’m not a fan of heat and humidity. This winter I’ve struggled to brighten up at times more than I would have anticipated even accounting for my present need for medication.

The summer is my least favourite season, I just don’t deal with heat well. I love spring; the colours, brightness and new life.

Hyacinths

This year we have white snowdrops, purple croci, bright yellow daffodils, pale yellow primroses and pink hyacinths all flowering simultaneously in the churchyard. It is wonderful to walk through. In the monkeygirl’s opinion there is only one thing lacking so far… pink blossom! Thank goodness for a shrub close to school which seems to have little pink flowers all year! I cannot recall seeing all these different plants flowering at the same time before. It’s beautiful.

365:7 A Natural Treasure

365-7 A Natural Treasure

I did misread today’s prompt as a natural wonder, however I think a flower like this is definitely a treasure in order to survive the sheer volume of rain we have had lately. Aside from a single daisy making a half-hearted attempt to open, this was the only flower I found along the road between where I park and our house. It was rather windy so most shots were blurry but I don’t think this one has come out too badly. I have no idea what sort of flower it is, monkeygranny – do you know? There was just this single head on a stem about 30cm tall, I didn’t notice what the leaves were like.

We’ve had a huge amount of rain here lately. The usual route I drive to school has been flooded since Christmas Eve, even a friend with a Land Rover didn’t dare try to drive though. Thankfully we have an alternative that isn’t much longer, but I have friends whose school run has changed from 1 1/2 miles to 4! There is less traffic trying to drive past school now (the road is a bt of a rat run to the motorway), though those that don’t know about the flood end up having to turn around and then drive past school twice, for some reason there are no signs anywhere saying the road is impassable.

I can’t really complain about the weather too much though, we’re in a much better situation than many in the south of England and in Wales, as well as many of those in the US and Canada. I do pray that God keeps people safe and gives them the common sense not to put themselves in danger.

365:6 Unique

365-6 Unique

I’m actually really disappointed with this picture. The prompt was Unique with an extra theme of macro. I don’t think I’ve managed the macro side of it very well and the orchid (the vein patterns of which ,I believe, are as unique as our fingerprints) isn’t as sharp as I’d have liked.

I’d originally intended to try and take a picture of my fingerprint, but by leaving it until after sunset I just couldn’t get reasonable lighting for it.

This orchid was a wonderful surprise from the monkeyfather. He went out to a local retail park on Thursday evening as we need to replace our TV table before too long. He didn’t find anything useful, but he came home with a pink tinsel Christmas tree for the monkeygirl (just £1 in the sale!) and his orchid for me. He’s not what most people would call romantic, it simply doesn’t cross his mind to be romantic and show me that he loves me – I think he just assumes I know he does – which I do! I think that’s the Aspie side of him coming across. Occasionally he does surprise me though. I do hope this orchid lasts longer than plants usually do in our house – I’m not exactly green fingered!