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April is here! Despite the tradition of St Brigid, according to which the 1st of February is the first day of spring, it’s good to see the arrival of April, because this is when spring comes for real. But this year April arrived with a cold snap, and we even had frost for a couple of days. The week before that we had temperatures up to around at least 15 C (59F) and I’ve dug up an area by the garden wall and planted crocosmia bulbs and bush daisy cuttings, I’ve cut grass and shrubs, picked weeds and even had coffee in the garden! It’s been better again this week but not as warm, and with chilly winds.

After finishing various projects, my head has been empty and I’ve tried to get back to my normal activities but I’ve been quite restless, and needed to allow myself some well-needed, quiet, unplanned time. I’ve made a plan and “to-do” list to get back to my graphic design assignments for next week, and my plan should keep me organised. But with writing, I’m still in some restless kind of mode. It’s like I have nothing to say that is interesting! Or do I? I don’t know anymore. But I do think it’s probably more a matter of me being too busy for too long, and annoyed generally after a lot of bad things happening lately. Getting back to my normal life, the arrival of spring and summer, more time for photography and doing other things that are not necessarily computer-related, should help. Now when I won’t be responsible for photo competitions much longer, I’ll take more time for my own photography, and I’m really looking forward to it.

I put the blog on “I’ll be back soon” mode to fix some problems with my other theme so that I could use it, and make a descriptive front page. It didn’t help with my writer’s block but at least now the blog looks closer to what I wanted – and less the same-ish as my whiskey blog.

I’ve been out more with the camera lately, to enjoy nature waking up from its slumber. So let’s see how spring is progressing! The end of March is when the cherry tree starts blooming, and I can’t get enough of it. These photos are taken in late March. The tree is still in bloom, but won’t be for long.

After the cherry comes the neighbour’s blackthorn tree. Some of it grows on our side of the fence, does that mean it’s our tree? The flowers are pretty, however.

It’s always good to see some spring flowers by the roadside.

My Berberis Darwinii will bloom very soon and I can’t wait to see it!

Lately, it seems like ladybugs have been invading our garden! Maybe they’re always so many and I haven’t seen it before because I haven’t been out so much while they’re mating? Or possibly they are more plentiful this year. What I do know is that they are in every corner of the garden! Some research tells me that the presence of ladybugs is a sign of a healthy ecosystem in your garden, they prey on pests like aphids and the likes, and they are good pollinators too. All good news! Ladybugs are such pleasant insects, especially for a photographer who wants the subject to sit still for a while!

Last but not least, when we had the warm weather and I cut my shrubs and lavenders, I saw the first Irish Pisaura Mirabilis spider.. they are so beautiful and I’ve missed seeing them. In our garden in Sweden, they liked hanging out on my dry lavenders in spring, so I’m not surprised I found this one there. These spiders are usually found in spring on the previous year’s faded plants and grasses. When/if the weather gets less windy I’ll go and look for more.

This year, my goal is to improve my macro photography skills, so prepare to see more close-up photos of bugs, spiders and whatever. I can’t wait to get started!

I hope you are all doing well and have had a good week so far.


This post is linked with Natalie’s weekend coffee share.

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  • 8th April 2022

    wow! All these are beautiful photos and lovely blossoms!
    #WeekendCoffeeShare

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  • Joanne

    8th April 2022

    What beautiful blooms! We haven’t seem much blooming yet but I did spy some daffodils at the library yesterday and we have ladybugs in the house that seem to be just waking up from hibernation somewhere. I know that means warm weather must be on it’s way.

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  • 8th April 2022

    Some great spring photos there!

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  • 8th April 2022

    All those blossoms and berries are lovely. You might find your photography helps you out of your creative (for want of a better word) slump. I’m feeling a tad the same at present so maybe I need to get my big camera out again and do the same…

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  • 9th April 2022

    Beautiful signs of spring and photos, Susanne. Gardening, walking and photography are great activities to focus on nature’s abundance and beauty. Thank you for linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare.

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  • 9th April 2022

    I’m so glad to hear you’re allowing yourself the grace of some downtime to naturally get your groove back. I trust your creative juices will flow in short order. Your photography is truly beautiful and I’m so happy to see (and read about) ladybugs in your garden! They are treasured friends here, too 🙂 Wishing you a lovely weekend ahead!

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  • 9th April 2022

    Hi Susanne,
    Oh yes – if you are rich in lady bugs, your garden is rich indeed. I’d love a whole bag of them for my backyard where I only see 1-2 a week. I have 3 trees that are tortured by aphids and lady bugs work better than neem oil which is what I have to use instead.
    And then if the spiders are out and about – I know that Susanne is a happy gal. Your photos of them turned out great.

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  • 9th April 2022

    Such lovely photos of your spring flowers Susanne, your macro photography is already very good in my opinion. It’s autumn here so the trees are changing colour and it’s cooling down plus we’re having so much rain. #weekendcoffeeshare

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  • 10th April 2022

    Best of luck with you macro photography ! The garden is such a glorious place for that type of photography. How fun!

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  • 10th April 2022

    Hi Susanne – you seem to be as happy that your weather is warming up as I am that ours is finally cooling down. It’s actually raining quite hard today – the first decent rain we’ve had in about 6 months! Glad to hear that you’re moving out of whatever wasn’t great in your life and starting to think about some new projects – life is constantly progressing isn’t it – and I always go back to “this too shall pass” when I’m in the middle of a slump. I hope the sun continues to shine and you can take more of those lovely nature photos.

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  • 10th April 2022

    I am so sorry you’ve been in a bit of a creative rut. Hope you’re able to climb out of it soon. I am confident though that your photography will help. All that’s blooming is so beautiful, you make me happy just by showing and telling me about it.

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  • 10th April 2022

    Your pictures are great, and living in the same weather front as you I can appreciate how we were just getting going and the cold snap brought us back down to earth…..it’s coming though!

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  • 11th April 2022

    Hi Susanne,
    Thanks for the coffee and the stunning Spring photos. They really pop. It’s been raining here in Sydney for months so I particularly appreciate the photos.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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  • 11th April 2022

    Our weather has been strange this spring. Your photos are lovely and I can’t wait to see what you come up with for Macro pics. I’d love to get a macro lens for my camera. I often feel like I don’t have anything of importance to say, but then I remind myself I’m using my blog mostly as a journal. I love ladybugs but am not a fan of spiders…though I leave them be in their own habitat.

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  • 12th April 2022

    Beautiful photography! Welcome Spring!

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  • 14th April 2022

    I love your macro photography and look forward to seeing more.

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  • 16th April 2022

    Reading about your garden (planting already??!?!) and seeing your pictures gives me hope that spring will, eventually, arrive. The photos…. wow, Susanne. Just, wow. They are wonderful – thanks again for sharing glimpses into your life. <3
    And you know what I will say about your writing and the blog. 🙂 This is YOUR space, and we are privileged that you share it with us – how you share it, how frequently you share it, and what you choose to share are up to you!! I suspect most if not all of us will happily show up whenever you choose. At least I know I will!

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      • 16th April 2022

        Oh, but even a bit of planting is so optimistic and hopeful! <3
        You did speak to being overwhelmed, and I apologize I overlooked that! Of course that could (would?) limit your ability to share much… I know I have major challenges with that. When life gets overwhelming, I just tend to…close off, shut down, and retreat. Spring – your plants – and the return of the fauna, as well (!) may help, too?

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  • 16th April 2022

    Love he beautiful blooms and the ladybug. So uplifting!

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  • 25th April 2022

    Such wonderful photos… apart from the spiders… Urgh! 😀 It’s very much spring though 🙂

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