Monday, 4 May 2009

Springy

So I think Spring started back around Mothering Sunday, in late March, if this photo on the day in Hampstead is anything to go by.

We were even able to sit comfortably outside Chaiwalla, where Tom, Dan and I took Jacqui for tea.

Excellent chai, second-rate samosas. We ordered two rounds of each (hungry) and I took home two clay cups (allowed). Would def. stop by for the tea again...

But late March really put on a show...

...so much so, I thought this excellent cherry tree deserved a hug.

That same week I spotted interesting houseboats docking along the Thames path where I run at lunchtime, near work...

...plus more amazing spring petalling going on along my walk to the bus.

Now, this was part of a detour I took in Richmond a few days ago. It already felt rather fairytale...

...and then the path abruptly ended at this metal gate. How Secret Garden is that? It turns out to be Petersham Gardens, which is open 11-4 today, as a very prosaic plastic-encased sign told me when I peered thru the bars.

And on the way back, I noticed my New Year's Eve friend 'dipping down to drink' had sprouted a 'fro. There's an incredible amount of green in all shades busting out everywhere - reminds me v much of spring 2005, when we landed in London...

6 comments:

the-meanest-cat said...

Beautiful pics! The Richmond tow path and Petersham Gardens is my local turf for summer walks... I love it!

(Anyway nice blog, I think I came across it a while ago due to a shared interest in knitting).

Sue

Noël said...

Hi there, and thanks! I think it's possible we met at the White Horse Pub knitting group (now mostly defunct) last year, and on ravelry?

the-meanest-cat said...

Who are you on ravelry? (I am flockhartsl).

I never went to the White Horse group... but I have recently started going to one in my local at St Margarets :-)

Noël said...

Oh wow...when/where is that one? i'm going to the new one at Stash in Putney tomorrow night - not been easy to find a relatively local one on a weeknight.

I'm bellenoelle on ravelry, just friended you. ;o)

the-meanest-cat said...

It's at the St Margarets Tavern, twice a month, on Monday nights from 8pm onwards. Come along if you're in Twickenham! I only joined a few weeks ago. You can email them at the contact address (commuknity@hotmail.co.uk) to get on the mailing list. I think the next meet is Monday 18th...

Frenchy aka Bike Boy said...

Nice picture of the family- I hope you and the D man are doing well and enjoying your summer.