Well, April has been a surprise. Practically a whole month of sunshine, though sometimes accompanied by a chilly north wind, but I can’t complain. It has been glorious weather and much dryer than normal. Which isn’t necessarily a good thing for everyone.

There have been some beautiful sunsets and I even managed to go out and visit a couple of spring gardens, though a little late for the magnolias and camellias. Next year I will do better and make the effort in March.

Reflection in the conservatory

Coming back along the coast road from one of the gardens we stopped to visit the Lanyon Quoit which has been avoiding us for years, and Carn Galver Mines which are located in ancient field systems and overlooked by a Neolithic settlement

The Belted Galloway cattle you see in the header are grazed around the old mines, so you need to take care driving along this stretch of the road; probably my favourite drive in Cornwall as the narrow road meanders through farms and hamlets with the hills and tors on one side and the Celtic Sea (Atlantic) on the other.

I finished painting the bedroom and office/music room and the flooring was fitted and the new window units too, so it is all looking rather nice in that end of the house. After much huffing and puffing we even managed to move the furniture back into the correct rooms and the OH is happy to have his guitars back by his side.

Whilst in the DIY mood we even assembled a wood store that we purchased a couple of months ago. It is now in the courtyard and even has a few bags of wood inside. We haven’t actually used the woodburner at all this month, but it is there for the autumn and one less job to do.

After all the painting it has been lovely to get back outside and do some gardening this month. Mostly weeding and some rearranging of borders. I aim to get rid of the lawn, but since I have to do all the labouring myself it is going to be a gradual process as my back (and knees and any other joint you care to mention) aint as good as they used to be.

My Kilmarnock Willow with its frilly dress on

I finally removed some of the forget-me-nots that rampage throughout my garden in order to plant the sweet-peas, some parsley and chives and salad leaves. Not sure how much will survive the slugs and snails though. I am trying out different things and those that survive the onslaught will be grown again. I have even been successful in raising some squash and courgette seedlings, but now worried that they will engulf the entire garden when I plant them out!

Venetian Collection

A huge success has been my pots of tulips, as those of you who follow my garden blog, will know. What can I say? I just love tulips and can’t help but indulge myself. And after chopping the jasmine to the ground I have levelled the side access and gravelled it, hoping that a climbing rose has more success this year. I have noticed that the jasmine is sending out lots of new shoots though so I shall have to keep my eye on it.

New gravel area

Finally, all has not been great on the broadband side this month despite getting yet another router. It is all very much up and down and often down more than up. Our neighbour has the same issue and they have called out the Openreach engineers at least seven times so far. Much scratching of heads has gone on, and now the conclusion is that it could be REIN – some sort of electrical interference – but the jury is still out on what! Although, on taking a photo of the sheep in the field at the back of me I was astonished to see a wind turbine! Now when did THAT appear? And could it be the cause of our problems?

Fat Bums and an unexpected addition to the landscape

Another tragic event this month has been the death of my laptop’s screen. Without warning the screen went white and a hot patch grew in the left corner. Worried the thing would set itself on fire I switched it off. Connecting to an external monitor worked and I figured that would be OK, until I realised that even though I wasn’t using the screen it was still getting hot. Very hot! So I took it in to be repaired. Hopefully they won’t mess up the system, but just replace the screen. But I am a tiny bit anxious…

Meanwhile spring continues its rapid journey towards summer and there is plenty of evidence out in the lane and fields, even Alice is looking pretty with bright egg-yolk yellow gorse and white blackthorn surrounding her. And wrinkly lambs who always look as though their coats are too big.

Cherry Blossom

We are away for the last week of the month and I won’t be blogging on any of my sites as we won’t have a connection. In fact we are going to have a week off-grid, but hopefully I will get to visit some lovely places to write about on my return.

The Cardinal is continuing his photo project throughout 2017 – a blogging event, a monthly photo challenge. Read his blog for the new rules this year (he is running two versions) and to view his interpretation and those of other participants.

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47 thoughts on “Monthly Photo Challenge: April Again

  1. That’s a great round-up, Jude. The willow is looking good too. We have sun here today, but it is very cold for late April. The local news on TV was lamenting the lack of rain, talking about crop failures, and possible hosepipe bans. Makes me wonder where they stored all that water that fell during the past five years.
    I have to presume that they just let it all run away, as usual.
    Enjoy your week away.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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  2. Gorgeous pics and blooms Jude and sorry about your Tech woes. That said, being off the grid can be surprisingly liberating as I have discovered on my last two trips 🙂 I hope you are going to print those tulip shots btw – they would make gorgeous postcards !!! #justsaying

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  3. That is a very fine willow, Jude. As to lawn eradication, was watching Charles ‘no dig’ Dowding on last Friday’s Gardener’s World. He just whopped a raised bed onto a piece of lawn, filled same with compost and started planting. Am thinking you could do the same for your lawn – bit by bit – moving the raised bed as and when, but getting the benefit of some planting as you go. The hard work version was covered by Monty Don the week before. He had a turf cutting implement, which you can hire, and then rolled the lawn up like pieces of carpet. He also made a turf stack – which eventually makes fabulous compost. A lovely April round up from your neck of the woods.

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  4. I appreciate that you are re-claiming your yard solo – it will be a labour of love, emphasis on labour. I look forward to seeing the outcome of that project.

    As regards your connectivity problems, there have been intense solar storms lately too – and I wouldn’t be surprised if the windmill factored into the equation either.

    Happy trails!

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  5. I am soaking up all of the colour and warmth from your gorgeous photos Jude. We are in the midst of a full on blizzard and any plant that was considering making a run for early appearance is shivering under a blanket of white.
    Sorry to hear about your issues with internet and laptop. Hope both can find resolution. Have a wonderful week off the grid! Best wishes. xo

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  6. Hasn’t it been a lovely spring? But today I watched hail/sleety stuff through my office window and it was too cold to stay outside for long at lunchtime. Have a lovely trip and I hope to see you soon 🙂

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    1. Well I am coming to your part of the world, but with the OH. I think it best we meet on our own as we won’t stop chatting! Are you popping up to Bristol at the weekend then to meet Jo?

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      1. Ooh naughty, how could you not tell me where you’re going? If it’s Exeter I shall be cross because I wanted to show you some of it! Only joking, you’re forgiven, but I really, really hope you love it – wherever ‘it’ is!
        Yes, Jo and I are meeting on Saturday and I’m really excited. Looking forward to June as well x:-)x

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      2. Didn’t make it to Exeter. Further south near Kingswear on a NT property – Coleton Fishachre – have you been there? I’d love to visit Exeter though and have you as my guide.

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      3. Yes, I’ve been to Coleton many times, it was one of the places I took Christine when she visited in 2014, just before she died. It’s a stunning garden in all seasons, the house isn’t bad either!

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      4. Yes, I could easily live in the house – what a fabulous lounge. And the views from the main bedroom aren’t bad either!

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  7. Your corner of the world looks so lovely with its spring colours on. I wish for a speedy and painless recovery of both your internet and laptop. I’m still waiting for technology to make my life easier 😉

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  8. I do love a news round up 🙂 I learn that Ad is coming your way, as well as Gilly, in June. I was looking at Flybe flights to Newquay yesterday and they are very reasonable at the moment. 🙂 Love the yellow kale shot. You have some lovely ones on here. Our weather’s been a bit more mixed. Even had a flurry of snow this morning and hailstones yesterday. Joy! Hopefully you’ve timed Devon right. Enjoy! 🙂 🙂

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    1. I’m actually most reluctant to leave the garden – decided in future we can only take early spring or late autumn/winter holidays!! When I get back I have plenty of nursery visits to do 😀

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      1. Forgot to ask if you had a good time, if the plants survived and when you’ll know about the laptop? (not necessarily in that order 🙂 ) Bit hectic with the Bristol trip.

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      2. Nice relaxing time away, though those Devon roads are a bit scary! Plants survived and re-potted now and laptop repair paid for so hopefully ready to pick up in a day or two. How was Bristol?

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  9. You’re making galloping progress, marked to me as a non-gardener by The fact that you’re rearranging already. I’d like to see the whole house – a glimpse of garden and a glimpe of conservatory isn’t enough! I’m enjoying seeing things take shape without any of the hard work. Your jasmine reminds me that my Potato vine needs curbing – it’s reached the second floor guttering while my attention’s been elsewhere. I hope Internet and laptop heal while you’re away: where this time? Sounds like Devon from Jo’s comment. And what’s this “even Alice looks pretty”? Alice always looks pretty.

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    1. I have a soft spot for Alice. She’s one of the reasons we bought this house. I’ll try and incorporate some of the inside next month to curb your curiosity, but you do know you are welcome to visit.

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    1. Thanks Elaine. I am getting quite excited about making some changes this year now that I know what is already growing. I want to try some different plants, but the wind is a concern. Still nothing ventured…

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  10. Happy spring. Your picture showing the sign for Cream Teas made me realize all you have to do is put an x in the middle of that second word and you’ve got Texas. If only you could travel here that quickly and easily.

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  11. You have been very busy, Jude❣️Nice to have a break and be offline and charge your own batteries. Hope you a lovely week in … Devon? Your impressions are stunning. Love the belted Galloways and the fat sheep. I got loads of tulips 🌷🌷🌷 this spring, but we have a problem with the birds. I suspect the doves have a go, I can’t bear to think the pheasants would pick 🌷 … Do you want to grow vegetables once you have removed the lawn? Your garden looks beautiful, what a character the willow 🌳 is.
    I’ll leave you now, have to make a cake, mow the lawn and and get everything prepared for tomorrow. We are all quite excited to meet our Clanmother, Rebecca Budd and family and show them the Norfolk coast. It’s been soooo cold lately, but hopefully the sun will come out. It doesn’t look too bad, Siri and Selma are practising fairy magic. 🙂 Take care! Hugs from one coast to the other. x

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    1. Thanks Dina. I am growing a few veg and herbs, but to be honest it is a lot of work for what is produced, so next year I will probably concentrate on flowers and herbs. My tulips survived OK but something ate my crown fritillaries – I thought slugs, but maybe rabbits? Hope the sun shines for you!

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