I'm writing this (slightly late, as ever) looking over a garden filling up with early summer flowers. The lavender is just opening up, the climbing roses are blooming and foxgloves are towering over everything. We had a glorious May and the garden was grateful for a bit of warmth and sunshine after a cold, wet and snowy spring.
We've been making the most of the weather, of course - finding new walks over Exmoor, through the historic Lorna Doone valley; enjoying amazing views, friendly sheep and splashing in fords. Explored our local National Trust sites, picnicing and running through meadows (Immy, though maybe I should try it too!)
At home we've been outside every day - there is sand everywhere but it's a joy to see how creative she is getting with the sandpit. At forest school she's made owls and campfire bread, and we've been eating outside every warm evening, listening to the sheep on the other side of the valley and watching the bluetits dive around the eaves of the house.
We've snuggled new babies, hung out with Bess the puppy, met several slow worms sunbathing on the terrace and I've been working away at the various english paper piecing patchwork projects I have on the go. There's also been a great deal of turning odd bits of fabric into toddler clothing, but I'm saving those for another day!
And of course, how could I forget, bluebells. So many bluebells, everywhere we looked for almost the entire month. Immy ran through them, hid in them, rolled around and ate cookies in them. Car journies home with a sticky fist clasped around bunches of bluebells and daisies. Gorgeous memories (Captured here by John.)
All in all it's been the most glorious month, and I'm desperately hoping the rest of the summer follows suit! We have a lot of plans...
Oh, and there's been work as well of course (when does it ever stop?) and there's something magical about the changing of the seasons, from tulips to roses, ranunculus to peonies, evergreens to alchemilla mollis. This bouquet has made me swoon all week, and with June is full swing, it's only going to get better!