Small Delights (v)

Monday, 31 March 2014


The cherry tree continues to delight not only me but bumble bees and yesterday several peacock butterflies.



A small posy of spring flowers from the garden are looking particularly delightful in my Blue of Devon jug. This little jug was a Christmas present and I love it so much that I think I must start a collection of Blueware.


A cluster of 'day's eyes' among the cherry blossom petals.


An improvised plum and almond tart made with leftover puff pastry and some frozen September plums. The filling is the same as the one used in this  tart. Small, but delicious.


Three particularly nice cards for Mothering Sunday yesterday from my offspring. The freesias were from Tom, there was wine from George and chocolates from Katie. I knew there was a good reason why I had three children.


And here is March's sampler. This March has truly marked the beginning of spring. Here's to more of it, bluebells in the green woods, long evenings, bright mornings and lots of sunshine.

22 comments:

  1. Happy Mothering Sunday. We don't get our Mother's Day till May. I'd be quite happy with the same things you got, but I only have two kids. Maybe I can get my husband to fill the gap.

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  2. Lots of lovely things! Glad that you had a good mothers day, lovely children, obviously! xx

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  3. Lovely post, so vibrant and so right for spring!
    Shauna.x

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  4. Beautiful photographs, so cheery! That little jug looks perfect with that handful of flowers, ahhhhhh spring! :) x

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  5. What beautiful photos! We are certainly having a lovely spring.

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  6. What a visual treat your posts are! I was explaining to my 5-year-old on the way to school today how the name "daisy" came from "day's eye". We were observing how the daisies and celandines in the hedgerow had their petals closed in the overcast weather.

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  7. For a moment I thought the (v) meant vegetarian. I've caught up now. Beautiful photos, especially in the sampler. How delicious your plum tart looks. I'm really hoping for plums this year - last year there were only enough for one small crumble. Glad you had a good Mother's Day. CJ xx

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  8. I especially love that first photograph - breathtaking!

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  9. Delights indeed! And please tell me how to educate my children in better acts of maternal appreciation. I feel their education is somewhat lacking.

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  10. very lovely delights! your spring is much further on than ours. we are stuck in a phase of foggy mornings not bright ones. I can't remember a blue sky...........

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  11. Hi Sue, lovely photos as always thanks, so great that spring has finally arrived!
    I had a question please, sorry if it's slightly random - I spend a lot of the day at home on my own but often like to have sound, usually in the form of radio (2 or 4 mostly) as some sort of 'company' while I get on with things, TV is not great as if I sit down to watch inertia sets in and I get lethargic! Do you like to have sound (radio, CDs or TV) as you go about your day or do you prefer peace and quiet? Thanks for any thoughts on this, Sian x

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    1. Interesting question Sian. When I'm cooking or ironing I love listening to audio books on my cd player in the kitchen. When I'm knitting I listen to them on my phone, and if I'm sitting at the computer or reading I like quiet. My mum always had Radio 4 on and still listen a bit but audio books are my real love.

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  12. Pretty sampler and little bunch of blooms from the garden. Somehow I much prefer flowers like that - simply displayed and picked yourself.
    That tart looks good too. I've always wanted to make one with this kind of filling. More importantly, I've always wanted to eat one...
    My mother's day gift: a bottle of gin. Not too sure what that says about me, but the accompanying lemon and tonic meant I have everything I need for a relaxing evening or ten.
    Hope you have a lovely April and the sun's shining in Worcester.
    Sarah

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  13. Your photos are so beautiful - the first one is amazing. Thanks for the beauty!
    Mary

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  14. Absolutely gorgeous photos! That tart looks delicious!

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  15. Pati from London10:38 am BST

    What a delight to open your blog and find those pictures. The one with the butterfly is just amazing....
    I wanted to ask you a question about blossom trees. We all tend to call plum trees, cherry trees, apple trees etc.... "blossom trees". I am interested in plating one in the garden and whilst I love them all, my favourite ones are the pink ones with very thick balls of flowers. It is difficult to explain as there are some with white flowers and others with pink flowers that look quite loosely placed on the tree and then you have those pink ones with such density and concentration of flowers that appear as if they are balls of flowers. Do you know whether those are cherry trees?. Yours looks gorgeous but I am not sure by looking at the pictures whether it is of that type of trees with "balls of flowers". Sorry this is a very silly way of explaining my preference for a blossom tree but I have no idea which one is which. Any ideas, Sue?
    Thanks for any information you can give me and sorry to pester you.
    I think it's been a fantastic beginning of spring!! Enjoy the sunshine!
    Pati x

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    1. I know the trees you mean Pati (you explain it very well) unfortunately I don't know the name of the variety but I think it is an ornamental cherry rather than a plum or apples. I don't even know which variety my tree is as it was here when we moved in.

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    2. Thanks a lot Sue. I will probably call a tree shop and enquire. I have done a bit of research online but there are so many varieties that I find it all a bit confussing. Enjoy the weekend,
      Pati x

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  16. What a beautiful posy! And I too love blue jugs and have a large collection of them - not just BlueWare. Having a son in New Zealand meant I had TWO Mothers' Days aren't I lucky!
    And reading one of your commentators post - I like silence while I am on the lap-top, radio 4 for breakfast, music in the car and audio books while I am stitching or almost anything else in my sewing room. I have a pretty good collection of them as well! And always looking for more!

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  17. Sue, every single one of these photographs is a delight! I don't think that I have ever seen such a beautiful butterfly. Peacock is a perfect name.

    A belated Happy Mother's Day to you...over here in the States, we celebrate our moms in May.

    Thank you for the link to that almond tart. I have added a few items to my grocery list...might have to try to make something similar myself. I recall seeing my long-unused tart pan just the other day....

    xo

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  18. ahh, I can almost smell those Fresias. They are wonderful for their fragrance. You have trained your children well.

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  19. Beautiful ... I love your freesias in the little bottles ... looking forward to bluebells too ... Bee

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