Thursday, 21 April 2011

Warm Easter wishes

It's that wonderful time of year when we celebrate new life and this year, as Easter is so late, we seem to have been very lucky with the weather here in the UK.
Blossom has bloomed everywhere and there has been real warmth in the sun. It has reached the dizzy heights of 26oc in the afternoons for the last week and it feels like I am on holiday abroad. I finished work yesterday and I am now off for 2 whole weeks. The forecast is that this glorious weather will last all the way through the bank holiday weekend.

My garden has been bursting into flower, I can almost hear my plants growing and the warmth has made everything grow so quickly.









Just  look at my azalea which came into flower this week. It has a beautiful fragrance too.













And the fresh new leaves on my acer ............






and on my hosta (below)















I would  like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to my blogger friend Teje. She had a recent giveaway to celebrate writing her 100th post and I was the lucky winner. Just look what arrived in the post.



She makes beautiful quilts and this is a notebook cover. Please take a look at her blog and say hello. She lives on the sunny island of Crete and is such a creative and kind person.

Thank you Teje (and Nero)











Easter also just has to mean an excuse for lots of this....






and this......



And your children just never get too old for these do they.....
there are lots of goodies inside and every year I still have to put in one of these little cheerful friends.

I have also been making some cards..


Wishing everyone a peaceful, chocoate filled, hopefully sunny, Easter break. I hope to be having lots of garden time and lots of cups of tea outside. I shall be continuing to tidy up my garden. Billy will no doubt be helping....?

Hmmm not sure if that is called helping or sleeping!

It's been just so extraordinarily hot this afternoon that even Billy had to seek shade under my deck chair. It reached 29oc in the sun on my patio!  I  hope the sun is shining on you all too and if not I will blow some of ours your way. I would also like to dedicate this little Easter poem I found, to all of you, my great blogging friends.
Easter needs a garden

Where its peace and joy may grow,

Like daffodils that brightly bloom

Above the melting snow.



So find a little time each day

That you can set apart,

To cultivate some flowers

In the garden of your heart.



And then, throughout the busy days

Your happy heart will sing,

And to the people that you meet

You’ll be a breath of spring

(Anon)


Have a very Happy Easter Everyone, warm wishes to you all.

Bye for now,

Jane x

13 comments:

by Teresa said...

Happy Easter to you and thanks for the garden tour - your flowers are WAY ahead of mine, gives me something to look forward to.

Hugs from Oregon, USA -- Teresa :-)

Jane said...

...it's this incredible sunshine which we have been enjoying, my garden is loving it..have a great Easter Teresa,
Jane x

greenrabbitdesigns said...

What a lovely post Jane! :)
Your azalea is stunning and what a gorgeous notebook you received! I like the look of Bobby the Bunny, in fact I like the look of all the chocolate. ;) The Easter Bunny still visits my children too!!! Your cards as always are beautiful and what a lovely little poem.
I wouldn't rely too heavily on Billy's help, much too warm to work!!! :)
I hope you and all your family have a wonderful weekend Jane!
Vivienne x

Jane said...

mmmmmmmm chocolate Vivienne, I agree there is nothing quite like it! I'm glad I'm not the only grown Mum whose children still get visited by the Easter Bunny. Have a lovely Easter, enjoy your garden too,
Jane x

Mia said...

Dear Jane,

Happy Easter to you too!

Your weather and garden are just amazing, it's not too bad here either but oh how I would love to have an afternoon tea in yours with Billy on my lap... While dreaming of that we'll be munching "some" chocolate-eggs here too and just taking it slow and enjoying peaceful, sunny days!

Wishing you the most wonderful time!

Yours,
Mia

Helen Philipps said...

Your flowers and Easter treats look gorgeous in this post, Jane! And congratulations on winning Teje and Nero's giveaway! I hope you have a wonderful Easter with your family, and that the sun shines and the temperatures keep right up!
Helen x

Jane said...

Billy and I would love you to have afternoon tea in my garden too Mia...it's a real little sun trap and so lovely to hear the bees buzzing again. Instead I shall blow this sunshine your way and wish you the happiest of Easters my dear.
Jane x

Jane said...

Enjoy your family Easter too Helen and I hope you are able to get some good gardening time as well as relaxing out there and enjoying your handiwork.
Jane x

michele said...

Jane, a visit to your blog is always so uplifting and inspiring! Such a happy place to be on this Good Friday and Earth Day!
Wishing you and your family a wonderful Easter celebration, bursting forth with all the sweetest surprises of the spring season! Hope the Easter Bunny has a special treat in his basket for Billy, too! :o)

Jane said...

Thank you Michele and a very,very Happy Easter to you too,
Jane x

Teje said...

Dear Jane, thank you for a lovely spring-Easter post! You have made so beautiful cards! In any age we would love to have a beautiful bag with Easter suprises!
You are very welcome for Nero's present! I'm so happy to hear about your summer weather!
Happy Easter! xxx Teje

Jane said...

HI Teje, thanks again for your lovely journal..sending Easter sunshine your way,
Jane x

Mindy Hussle said...

What a beautiful post and photos. I especially like the flower and egg photos. Very wonderful. My best and warmest happy easter wishes to you as well. Have a great one!