Our grass definitely needs a new beginning. Look at the state of this! It was pretty mossy because it's not been draining very well and is surrounded by trees, and my plan was to kill off the moss and then rake it up before re-seeding with a white clover mixture to try to improve the grass. The birds have been helping, ripping up the moss to get to the insects underneath, which should make life a bit easier but what a mess! Definitely a number one job this weekend to make a start on getting this sorted out!
My Lenten rose (Helleborus orientalis) is flowering right on time. These lovely white flowers are just outside our front door and it's always a joy to see them. They seem to flower long after the other hellebores in the garden have faded too.
This is another Easter favourite in the garden - this is the blossom of our snowy mespilus (Amelanchier lamarckii) which is just beautiful at this time of year. You can often spot these trees as landscaping features; their leaves are a bronze colour which stands out against the white, and they are also fabulous in the autumn when they turn a lovely red colour.
The seedlings on the windowsill are doing well - they are getting taller by the day and are actually already considerably bigger than when I took this picture a couple of days ago. I'll need to think about moving them off the windowsill into the greenhouse during the day as it's not been particularly cold just recently. I'm looking forward to showing you how they're doing - a post for next week, I think - and I also need to get on and sow a few more seeds too now that the weather's warmed up.
On Thursday, small daughter and I stopped off at the farm shop to pick up some eggs and we were fascinated to see two blue ones in the tray. We've never seen blue eggs before (although we have heard of green eggs and ham! J) and apparently these are laid by a white chicken. I posted a picture of these eggs on Facebook and Instagram and have been told the chicken is possibly a Cotswold Legbar or an Araucana - perhaps I should have asked!
You can see the two blue eggs in the picture above, but just in case you think it's the light or my camera that's making them that colour, look at this one ...
It really was a blue egg! Small daughter had laid claim to it as soon as she saw it and wanted scrambled egg for her breakfast. She said it tasted fabulous, although I think she was a bit disappointed that it was yellow inside!
I've finished the cat nip socks. I'm always quite sorry to finish a pair of socks but this was two pairs in the same yarn and I wasn't fed up of it at all by the time I grafted the last set of toes. These socks aren't for me (sadly), I'm going to be sending them on to their new owner this week and once I know they've arrived safely I'll tell you more about them. In case you missed them in previous posts, the yarn is West Yorkshire Spinners in Candy Floss (that's the plain pink) and Pink Flamingo (that's the stripy one) and the pattern is one of mine, but I'll tell you more about that another day too.
I think they look really lovely with the contrast heels and toes - WYS have been very clever in that they have chosen to create solid colour yarns that tone with so many of their multi-coloured ones and pick out the matching colour to make the colourways look unique.
I felt quite bereft once I'd finished them, so I've cast on a pair for myself. I've used Candy Floss for the cuff again and the main sock will be in Sherbet Fizz which has lovely pastel stripes that are very Spring-like and look just right for Easter.
So that's my weekend happily sorted. Gardening, knitting, chocolate ... plenty of time to reflect on Easter new beginnings and then - oh joy of joys - another week next week without any school runs. I am one happy (Easter) bunny!
I hope you have a wonderful Easter too!