Springy is a pretty good word to describe life in general at the moment. I can hardly believe we're a quarter of the way through the year already though. My new job I started in January has dominated things rather a lot and I've found it very hard to switch the old brain off but so far its all been extremely rewarding.
This week a colleague joined me which will make things much more manageable and its given me a bit of a boost. The job is great and I've never known time to pass so quickly. Being so busy has made me focus very hard on our weekends - basically I do nothing! Well nothing that's isn't fun anyway.
This weekend was a very relaxing one as I had day off on Friday and I spent a whole precious day at home with my even more precious boys. Star Wars Lego is featuring very highly on their "favourite things to do" list at the moment. I told them I'd watched the films years ago and hilariously they have somehow got things mixed up and for some reason think I am a bit of an expert of all things Jedi!
Nothing could be further from the truth but I haven't the heart to tell them so we spend many hours talking over the merits of the X or Y wing fighter, Droids versus Bounty Huntersetc?!?!? I kid you not.
So you can imagine, I needed a bit of a Sci-Fi escape route and I persuaded them to hang up a few Easter decorations. Not a bad job all in all if you don't focus too much on the bunch of eggs in the top left hand corner - bless 'em!
All is Springy about the house indeed. After 12 years together, Woody has realised the quickest way to make me smile (mint chocolates aside) is a bunch of spring flowers when I least expect them. This is my second bunch of tulips in as many weeks! Cynics would say I should be worried but honestly, a rather large penny has just dropped!
Outside too you can feel and see that Spring is beginning to burst out all over. We headed down to the Manifold Valley at the weekend with bikes and boys in need of fresh air. It was a cool, clear day with bright blue skies and buzzards soaring. Beautiful.
Underneath the trees wood anenomes blanket the hillsides like a starry carpet. I remember the woods close to where I grew up being full of these in early spring and it was such a treat to see so many of them en masse.
Sometimes I get the bus to work so that Woody can have the car. Most times an elderly gentleman and his lady neighbour get on and sit behind me. Sometimes I catch what they're chatting about, always delightful subjects such as all the old shops and stores in the town where my grandma used to shop, or what birds have been visiting their gardens.
On Monday the old chap said "And have you noticed the green in the hedges coming in. Wonderful isn't it."
And it is you know.
You can just see my little hedge at the end of our garden flushing green too. Springy indeed!
P.S. Thanks for all your lovely messages after my unintended abscence, they were all just lovely and very much appreciated. Especially to Aqeela, you're spot on, I've definitely got a damson tree haven't I, which is 100 times more exciting than a cherry I reckon. I'm thrilled to bits. Thanks!