|Dicentra, 'bleeding heart' battered by the wind and rain but still strong|
On a much lighter note, the weather seems to have turned into a wintry spell for a short time with just 6 degrees on the clock this morning on a colleagues car temperature gauge and summer is almost upon us. Blustery rain, low temperatures, hailstones and snow on higher ground belies the fact that spring is almost over and next weekend sees 'flaming' June arrive.
Everyone is now quoting grandmas and grandads when they say 'Ne'er cast a clout 'til May is out.' In other words, don't take your clothes off until June arrives. Damned good advice if you ask me. First recorded in writing in 1732, 'clout' is a colloquialism for cloth. But then, in May lies the confusion.
|A late tulip - photo taken yesterday - now battered by wind and rain, not so resilient as the bleeding heart (above)|
|A close up of a piece of moss (about an inch away), dislodged by the birds from the roof, pretty and dense plants grouped together|
|Before and after (the left hand side) an exciting action shot this - hard to capture|
|A preening Magpie|