Wow, has April ever been wet?! I really feel that for the last month I have posted about rain, rain, and more rain! And while it has been very wet, it has also been very beautiful, and if the saying ‘April showers bring May flowers’ is true, well we are in for an abundant May indeed.
I have got a good start on the May flowers- I was shopping in the little market opposite work at lunch time, and while I was queueing up to pay for my potatoes, my gaze fell upon a small crate on the flower stall. The treasures I had spotted were Cornish Anenomes, and I really could not help myself, and bought a bunch which are now adorning my writing desk.
The other photograph is the best shot I could get of our little snake, Casper. He was much, much smaller than when we first knew him. I spent quite a long time trying to get a good shot to show you all, but every time I got him lined up for a good snap, he would move his head! The lovely Tash at http://www.vintagepretty.org/ kindly posted some pictures of her lovely dog, Gwen, the other day for me, and in return I promised some Casper pictures, and here he is! He is a Carolina Corn Snake, 2 1/2 years old and still growing. He is not poisonous, he is a constrictor, and he is the friendliest little thing you could imagine.
There have been many lovely occurrences in this last week of April, and first day of May. Sunday saw a lovely long chat on the phone with Tash, and when I came home from work on Monday, suddenly, I felt like a bride again. Outside our front door is a tree which is just smothered with frothy white blossoms. As I put my key in the door, a sudden gust of wind made the tree shiver and shake a whole heap of blossoms on me. It really reminded me of the confetti throwing at our wedding. Mum and I saved and dried out all the flowers we were bought for a year or so before the day, and Mum made little card sachets for the flowers, and everyone had their own little sachet of dried flowers to throw. The photographer said that he would count to three, then everyone should throw the confetti. Then he said that we would have a practise run, that he would count to three, but no one should throw the confetti. Dear Carl’s lovely Nan didn’t get the hang of it at all, and showered us on the first go! Such a happy day.
Wednesday evening, I was so tired that I had an early night, and lay in the dark listening to the pitter patter of rain on the windowpane. Normally I read before I go to sleep, but I was just too tired, and it was rather nice just laying in the dark feeling deliciously sleepy.
As well as buying my Cornish Anenomes in the market today, I also treated us to a punnet of early raspberries. They made a really divine dessert with a cup of coffee this evening. I am going to layer the rest with homemade yoghurt and muesli for breakfast tomorrow.
I am not really looking forward to tomorrow- it is the funeral of my Aunt. It will be a sad day, but a dear friend did say to me today that we should make it a celebration of her life, so hopefully that will indeed be the tone for the day.
I am going to retire to the bathroom in a little while, for a bath filled with Liberty Rosehip and Clover bubbles, a cup of rose scented tea, and a guide book to Bruges, so I can day dream of chocolate and rides on the canal, and hot chocolate and medieval buildings.
I hope May brings you many flowers!