For a start, last week whilst heading up to Skipton for the Knit n Natter, I watched the clouds rolling in ... full of snow! I couldn't believe it - snow in April! The tops of the highest hills were white and there were definite snowy flurries during the day. As if I needed another excuse to stay indoors with a mug of Coopers' excellent hot chocolate!
Then, a couple of days later, after a brief, unexpected return to winter, spring was back again. The temperature lifted again and I spent the day gardening in beautiful sunshine. This is a garden I've looked after for many years and I love it. It also helps enormously that I like the family that owns it very much. I love the magnolia tree which flowers twice a year ...
I love the fig tree which manages to produce figs every year ...
And I love the secret blue door.
On this particular day, I also loved the robins. There's usually one hopping about but this time there were two. This cheeky little chap (and no, that's not a zoomed-in photo, he really was that close!) ...
and his equally cheeky friend. Wherever I was, they were there too, regarding me with their bright eyes and ready to dart in to grab a worm or an insect.
At one point, I was worried that I was going to stand on them! It did make me very happy to have feathery garden helpers, though I do hope none of the neighbours were watching me chatting to them!
The week started to take on a rather surreal feel when the Sockalong Facebook group suddenly grew beyond all of my wildest expectations, thanks to my lovely friend Lucy mentioning it on her Facebook page. Goodness me, I've met people from all over the world who are now knitting a pair of socks, some of them for the very first time! It's quite incredible, and a wonderful feeling to think that I've been able to help them to do something that many of them though impossible.
I've spent most of the week talking about socks (something that I've only ever dreamed about!) as it was Yarn Shop Day last Saturday, and I got to meet even more people who are going to try their hand at socks. I can't tell you how great it's been to be able to do that! There were some last-minute preparations on the Friday night, all ready for a weekend of socks, because on Sunday the Sockalong started. I have no idea how many new pairs of socks are going to be in existence over the next couple of weeks, but if it helps our wool industries, our yarn businesses and our own peace of mind through knitting therapy, then I'm happy.
Today, the dog and I took ourselves out on a different walk (it's good to walk him in different places because he doesn't get over-confident about which path we'll be taking!). I've spent more time than usual in front of the computer this week and I need to remember to get up and walk around once in a while! The bluebells were out in the woods, a deep purpley blue which the photograph doesn't do justice to. I have the paler hybrid Spanish bluebells in my garden, so it was lovely to see native English ones carpeting the banks.
The wild garlic was also in flower ...
and I found lots of this pretty little pink flower. I have no idea what it is, so if anybody knows, please enlighten me!
And this white daisy-like flower too - it's not one I've seen before.
Not long after I took these pictures, I watched the clouds rolling in again although instead of snow, it was heavy rain. The dog and I headed for home.
Yes, it's been a crazy week but I wouldn't have changed any of it. I'm loving seeing all the sock pictures on the Facebook page and I can't tell you how fantastic it is to know that people are joining in with the Sockalong, so thank you. Here's to next week!