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A Sea of Gold

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When I first moved up to Cumbria, the area my family and I settled in was nice and rural, situated close to farmland, while still being a stone’s throw from the local village and a 20 minute walk from the town centre. For most of my life I’d lived either in the suburbs or close to the town centre, so being able to go outside and see fields full of sheep each morning was a little unreal, and I often had to pinch myself as I’d always dreamed of living somewhere like this! I now live back in the village in a suburban area, much closer to the town, which is handy for getting into town and being closer to local businesses, but I often miss the wildness of where we first landed, so this lovely photo of some golden-yellow biting stonecrop with a lovely bumblebee foraging on top, that I took back in 2014, helps me to remember!

 

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Devil’s-Bit Scabious & The Bee

I got these two photos on one of the first evenings in Cumbria, back in 2014. I was walking along, near the Derwent down by Workington, and the hedgerows were full of life and colour. There were a fair few people out and about around this time, walking their dogs and enjoying the sunshine, it was beautiful. These lovely, pastel blue devil’s-bit scabious were everywhere, and on this particular flower head was a very happy, and hard-working bee.

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Sunshine In A Flower

Daffodils are definitely my favourite flowers. The different varieties and their sunny colour never fails to make me smile, they’re a joy to see come springing up as the weather warms. These particular photos I got when we first moved up to the area. To get up to the bus stop you had to walk up a lonning (a long drive) and come springtime the hedgerows either side would be full of colour, with these daffodils amongst them.

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Spring Alive

Gorgeous day on campus.

Seeing as it’s the official first day of spring today, I thought sharing this photo from my old university campus in all of it’s spring glory, would be the perfect photo for today! There were these lovely trees that used to line the walkways of the campus grounds, and I’d often choose to go back to my university halls via the ‘scenic route’ so I could take in the views across the lake and do some amateur bird spotting on the way home. However, come spring, I was always out taking photos of these trees, they definitely would steal the show come springtime!

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California Lilac Dreaming

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Back when I lived in Milton Keynes, my Mum made the brilliant decision to buy and plant a California lilac tree and it grew so quickly and beautifully over the next few years until, every summer like clockwork, the tree would spring to life and flower with bright, blue blooms which attracted bees and butterflies into the garden and kept the path below nice and shady too. It was my favourite tree in the garden, and as soon as the warmer months rolled around I would take my camera outside and get plenty of photos both for myself and for Mum so she would have photos of her tree, which was handy as after the very cold and wintry 2010 blizzard we had, the frost got to the tree and it never recovered, but we still have these photos to remember it by.

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Hidden Honeybee

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Spring is fast approaching and I can’t wait until the hedgerows are buzzing with life again come the warmer days. Heading outside into the garden to see the lavender full of bees is always a happy sight, and the little hidden honeybee I snapped above was having a forage amongst the beautiful trees and bushes in our garden at our student house back in Bath in 2014. We were very lucky to have a property which had a long, fairly wild garden which came to life in the summertime, and I managed to get many a pretty photo of the miniature wildlife there!

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Very Hungry Caterpillars

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Back when I used to live in Milton Keynes my Mum and Dad had a vegetable patch which started off brilliantly and produced a fair bit of produce come the summer, until a large white cabbage butterfly landed on the purple sprouting broccoli. I was in the garden at the time and took a couple of photos because I thought the butterfly was beautiful, and then shortly after that, we had a mini caterpillar nursery on the purple sprouting broccoli. Needless to say there wasn’t much that could be done after the little eating machines got going, so I took the opportunity ot get some nice photos and this one was my favourite, but I think if I get the chance to plant some purple sprouting broccoli of my own, I’ll keep an eye out for cabbage whites!