Out and About

Mother swan and her four cygnets
Always so touching to see on the lake.

The month of May seemed more rainy than usual with rather few really beautiful days,
but I did get out and take photos when the weather was sunny and dry.
So I have some photos from the sunny days in May that I still would like to remember
through my blog!

These water Iris were just starting to come into bloom.

Mother's Day is on the second Sunday in the month of May
and I received this beautiful bouquet from my son.

I met up with my daughter and grandson.
We had a lovely lunch together at home and then went for a walk down by the lake.

The Lilac bushes were in full bloom in my neighbourhood and my evening walks
were filled with their fragrance.

The deep purple flowers seemed to have a particularly lovely scent.

On one of the sunny warm days, it was lovely to walk along the edge of the forest
for coolness. The moss was so prettily illuminated by the filtered sunlight.

I do love to see the Chestnut Trees in flower.

I love collecting conkers too in the autumn!

Birthday collage.
My birthday falls in the middle of the month of May.
Three of my birthday cards, a gorgeous Peony flower and a picture
by Loretta Grayson entitled "Still I Rise"
I love her art.

Some beautiful pastel roses in memory of someone important in my life
for May 27th.

The Rhododendrens have put on a beautiful show of colour flowers

They look especially lovely against a blue sky.

Or behind some railings.

The Dogwood flowers stayed in bloom for a long time.

I love seeing red poppies growing in the long grasses.

I even passed some sheep enjoying the luscious long grass!

A collage of my balcony flowers:
Blue Campanula, Daisies, Asters, Osteospermum, Bidens and the tiny lavender stalks
not quite in bloom.

My latest crochet project which is a lovely pattern from

It is called 'Mitered Blossom Dishcloth,
but I think it makes a really pretty mug mat.
The loop can be useful to hang it up on a hook in the kitchen.

The Month of June

Even though the month of June has arrived, I still have some spring flowers
that I meant to share here in the month of May,
but I never found the right moment to do a new blog entry,
for that, you need the time and the right mood,
especially the latter!

The above scene is taken from the big tulip park in the town of Morges.
The aptly named Tulip Trees were coming into leaf.
I just love the fresh green of spring, don't you?

The fresh green leaves of the Tulip Trees against the blue of the sky.

We got to the park nice and early to enjoy the park with a minimum of visitors.
It had rained in the night, leaving big puddles behind.
In the heat of the summer, these big overhanging trees create very welcome shade.

The late blooming tulips were still on show and was sheer joy to walk among them
and see all of their beautiful colour combinations.

A walk along the lake in the same town of Morges shows the lovely plantations, 
like this beautifully shaped yellow tulip.

Pretty in pink with pink Forget-me-nots

A closer shot without the lake in view to see the opening petals even better.

Elegant red and white stand tall and proud.

Deep pink against the dark water.

A sailing boat with the Mont Blanc Mountain in the background.

Sunshine yellow flowers growing against the railings of a lakeside home.

The beautiful Irises were just coming into bloom.

Something a little different!
After a beautiful and long morning walk, we stopped for lunch on an outside terrace.
I just loved the reflection of my glass of red wine shining on the white tablecloth.
In the base of the actual glass, you can see the reflection of the blue sky!

This was my first trip of the year out into the country to walk alongside the fields
and in the woods above the town.
I can get there by taking a bus, the metro and another bus.
It sounds like a lot of travel, but when connections are good, 
this lovely area can be reached in about thirty minutes.
I love visiting when the dandelions are in bloom.

Here is a wider angled view showing the blue of the sky mixed with soft clouds.
I chose this photo as my header today.
I just love being in the country, the peace of it all and being so close to nature.

Aren't Dogwood flowers beautiful, both in shape, style and colour?
These grow in front of a school in the neighbourhood above mine. 
I love to visit them each year when they're in bloom.

Another point of view against a dappled background of sky and trees.

Walking through the small park to go back home through the quiet streets.
I used to take my grandson here often when he was younger,
there are such good climbing frames at the other end.

These are the pansies from my balcony-garden this year. They have been doing so well.

Now I'm back into the swing of doing a new blog entry,
I've decided to do them regularly during the month of June.
I have so many photos to share taken during the sunnier days.
We have had such mixed weather during May and now in June too!

I hope that you are enjoying sunny days
 and doing all the things you love to do at this time of the year!

My latest crochet work:
Four crocheted coasters for a friend's June birthday.

I love making coasters and mandalas in the form of doilies.
When they're for gifts, I choose the colours I think will suit the person who will receive them.

These chosen colours make me think of sunshine and blue skies.

Here is a link to the site where I found the lovely pattern:

Tulip Festival 2021

Every year, in the lakeside town of Morges, there is a wonderful tulip festival.
We went very early in the morning to avoid the crowds
and some of the flower beds were still in the shade.
I love the fresh green leaves just starting to open on the trees.

Remember to click on each photo to see it full screen!

It's a short walk to get to the park from the train station
and I really like to pass by the medieval style defense castle built in the 13th century.
There are several museums inside, covering police and military history.

I like this view taken from the other side a bit later in the morning 
with the sun giving a warm hue to the brickwork.

The building in the background is part of the castle complex.

The park is very vast and runs alongside the lake on one side with wide alleyways
all around and smaller paths winding in the central part.

There's a metal sculpture at one end of the park with a view on the mountains
on the other side of the lake in neighbouring France.

There are hundreds of tulip beds in all different colours.
It would be impossibe to put them all up here, so I've chosen my favourite ones.

These double yellow blooms were full of interesting details.

These orange ones were catching the backlight so beautifully.

A bright and cheerful mixture of yellow and orange.

Just look at the delicate shades of pink and the play of sunlight and shadows.
I do rather love the more subtle colours like this one.

The muted yellow and soft orange quite take my breath away.

These are similar, but too lovely not to include!
The faint edging of orange on each petal is very lovely to observe.

This group of pinks were catching the indirect sun very nicely.

These are very elegant in the classic tulip shape.

Now a little drama with a bright, luminous orange and fringed yellow edges.

Rather unusual colouring and it looks as if the pink parts have been painted on
as an afterthought!

I do believe that this one is one of my favourites with the beautiful markings.

Bright pink with an intricate centre.

Luminous pinks for the last photo of the tulip festival.

I hope you've enjoyed waking in this lakeside park with me
and that you'll tell me your favourite tulip!

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I wanted to end this blog entry with a photo of some Lily-of-the-Valley
which are sold in Switzerland every first day of May to bring good luck.
I have arranged them on an open page of the lovely Flower Fairies book
by Cecily Mary Barker.
Her art is beautiful and her poems quite charming.

The words are not quite in focus because I wanted the flowers to be 
the most important feature.

I will write part of it here:

"Gentle fairies, hush your singing.
Can you hear my white bells ringing.
Ringing as from far away?
Who can tell me what they say.

Little snowy bells out-springing.
From the stem and softly ringing -
Tell they of a country where
Everything is good and fair?"

Wishing you a most beautiful month of May.
It's my favourite month of the year!