April, church porch repair, churches, Common Hawthorn, Common Storksbill, cowslips, crown imperial, daisy, dandelion, Dove's-foot Cranesbill, Forget-me-not, Greater Stitchwort, Lords and Ladies, Ribwort Plantain, St Michael and St Felix Church Rumburgh, St Michael South Elmham church, Suffolk, sunset, the Beck, walking
I began writing this post immediately after publishing my last one and got well over half way through writing it and then had to stop. No time for much self-indulgence, reading and writing for some weeks and now that I have a little time, this post seems somewhat irrelevant. However, I don’t want to waste it by deleting it so I’ll finish it as best I can.
Holy Week and then Easter week were very busy, so I didn’t manage to take many photos. This was one of a very few and was taken on Good Friday as I was leaving church after a service of quiet prayer.
This and the next two photos were taken on Easter Day in the early afternoon. As you can see, the churchyard was full of yellow Cowslips ( Primula veris). I had taken Mum to her church at Eye in the morning and Richard had been to a service at St. Margaret South Elmham in our benefice. After having some lunch we visited Rumburgh church to make sure all was well and to change the colours on the altar and to put flowers in the church. We returned home and I began preparing the dinner to which Mum had been invited.
Richard and I managed to find time for a short walk round the lanes during Easter week.
Someone must have either discarded a Crown Imperial fritillary at the side of our lane or planted it there on purpose. We have seen it here for a few springs now and it is getting larger and larger. It is about 3.5 feet tall, well over a metre in height. I was unable to stop and photograph it when it was in full and glorious flower but even with its shrivelled petals you can easily see what it is and how well it is doing.
There was very little water in the Beck at the end of April and by the middle of the following month it had dried up completely.
A couple of days later I had to go to the doctor’s surgery for my regular blood-test and noticed that there were many flowers blooming in the patches of grass alongside the driveway. These grassy areas haven’t been tended as they used to be, due to financial cuts and other problems so these ‘weeds’ have flourished.
And that is all I managed to record in April this year. Rather an abrupt end, for which I apologise.