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Thursday, 7 April 2011

Spring Lamb and Greens...



Did I tell you already that I love this time of year?

Spring!

When the Blackface lambs start appearing in the fields, gambolling about, nudging their mothers, kicking their heels and challenging one another to play 'King of the Castle' in just a few short weeks...

Things always feel much better for me with Spring on the horizon. The fields seem to absorb the light and glow emerald green here in Hope, Northumberland.

The wide-open skies are dense with scudding clouds, replete with rain to feed the earth and fill the thirsty streams which flow on to the North Sea, impenetrably blue.

Soft green buds unfurl their fronds which feel like heaven to touch. The perfume of yellow gorse and blossoming heather blows down the valley, air-borne, meeting my nostrils and making me dream of summer honey from local busy bees fed on those very same flowers.

'In the spring, a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love'.

Mine turns to the beauty of where I am fortunate enough to live...

...And breathe.


Photo of Lambs on Holy Island, courtesy of Andrew Gibson, Chronicle Live.
Photo of Northumbrian Skies, Wild Teasel, flickr.

Lines from Locksley Hall by Alfred Lord Tennyson.

8 comments:

Chairman Bill said...

I've always been a bit perturbed about the term spring lamb.

Spring lamb: a milk-fed lamb, usually three to five months old, born in late winter or early spring and sold usually before July 1.

Not a life, really. Think I'll switch to mutton.

libby said...

I want to live in your part of the world.

slommler said...

Beautifully expressed dear friend. You live in such a scenic spot! Love it!
Hugs
SueAnn

A Woman Of No Importance said...

CB: I would never eat a lamb, I don't eat meat nor fish nowadays - I am with you on your sentiments, which are indeed rather gentle for you, Chairman, I should cocoa!

Libbylicious: I am lucky and know you love it too! x

SueAnn - Many, many thanks, so too do you! x

Karen S. said...

Oh how lucky you are to be able to go out and see Blackface darling lambs strolling about! Spring is my most favorite time of the year too, when things come back to life, or return from who knows where they've been...! What a spring time jewel of a post, thanks!

NanU said...

It is a lovely time of year. Our reward for a long, dark, winter!

A Woman Of No Importance said...

Bless you, Karen S, thank you x

NanU - It is true, and yet this spring seems so unnaturally lovely so far this year - Can't help thinking the cold is just around the corner! x

Jan said...

The little lambs and calves are all around and out and about here at the moment.
Took a walk up to Barbury Castle and walked some of the Ridgeway with the dog last weekend and it was beautiful

Something I wrote earlier...

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