An impromptu picnic lunch at Blenheim Palace, sitting on a rain coat munching on salad and watching the swans paddle serenely along the lake. The weather is so April showerish still, even though it’s now May, the sky changed so fast from blue to grey. Even the pheasant ruffled his feathers and wandered off for cover, giving up all hope of sharing my lunch.
Time for a train ride?
Ah, it’s oh so quiet. There’s a new train (‘Winston’ – Blenheim is the birthplace and family home of Winston Churchill so there’s lots about him and now a train too!) and tunnel which I was quite excited about, it will be good for children to go through a dark bit, but for adults it’s actually a long wooden structure (shed) which can be locked to house the new carriages. Oh well, the anticipation has been nice. Serves me right for being such a child!
The overhauled butterfly house is different. The bridge over the water has gone, lots of the green bushy plants have been removed and new brightly flowering shrubs are in place. You can see the butterflies clearer against the new white screens, it will be worth making a special trip when more have hatched later in the season. I virtually chased one up and down the length of the house to try to photograph it; a HUGE bright beautiful blue one, but he was obviously camera-shy.
This bank holiday weekend we’re meant to be at the coast enjoying some walks and time by the water, the weather had other ideas however…
We’ve cancelled the hotel tonight and will see if it’s worth going for the next two days. At least I won’t have to water any plants!
My elbow is getting much better, though I am going to organise some acupuncture as I’ve found a way to get some free again, after a break of 10 years of needing it. Hurrah! Here’s to another ten years without the need?! I’ve had a few days without painkillers and am using my left hand much more to lift heavier things without aggravating it, I’ve noticed, so as it’s such a rainy day I’ve decided to try a bit of crochet. I haven’t done any craft since before Easter when I made the chicken bags. It’s been odd having still hands in the evenings.
This is not exactly a thing of beauty, it’s just six blocks I rooted out when I was looking through my stash sometime ago, but haven’t been able to join them. When I began crocheting the CAL blocks I made some test ones with Stylecraft Special DK before the posh yarn. I don’t like wasting things so I’ve decided to crochet them into a ‘thing’. Maybe a dolly blanket to give away to children I know or donate to a Foundation Stage class. I don’t know where it will end up, but I know it’s been so lovely to sit on a rainy day and crochet a little bit just for the sheer pleasure of it.
As I’ve been typing Someone’s decided to go fishing because trout don’t really mind the rain apparently, and when you’ve got good waterproofs it’s not an issue for humans either. As for me I’ve declared I am doing “Bugger all” I’m so good at it too, it seems a shame not to try.
What’s the weather like where you are? Are you also curled up and making something today?
Did the weather improve yesterday afternoon? It did here, drastically. We actually had sunshine after the torrential rain in the morning. Hope you get to the coast. Glad your elbow is improving and I think the blocks look great. We are currently heading towards Worcester… I have six locks to do before lunch, then onto the Severn but only if it’s not got an Amber flood warning anymore!!!
Not so much; some sun after lunch then it clouded over again and poured in the evening.
Sounds like a very active hol and a good excuse for a nice bottle in the eve!
Glad your elbow is feeling a bit better. Your plants look great, our fruit plants are doing well due to the wet weather recently.
Thanks Jean. It’s quite a good mix of weather if you’re growing lots in pots I reckon – saves time with the watering can. I’m hoping the birds won’t eat the strawbs before us!
It’s been awhile since I’ve been to Blenheim, we use to go a lot when the kids were younger. Shame about the weather, hope the rest of your Bank Holiday is a restful, crochet filled time. Xx
I have a love hate relationship with Blenheim Palace, as my summer job at uni was at a summer camp for international students and I had to take groups of kids there, I think one week I went three days in a row and it was raining on all three and we were there all day! nightmare! but it is a very pretty place to visit and I’m sure I will go again, especially as my mum wants to go as she has never been.
Sounds like a rather urgh experience but don’t let it put you off. One day you might see me being chased by a pheasant – that might cheer up the experience ;-)