Happy Friday! Well, it's a sunny 13°C today on the coast in the north east of England - I'm sweating just typing this, I may have to shower again! I know, there is nothing more banal than complaining about the weather, but when it's mid-July and this is considered 'glorious' (I uttered that to myself while walking on the beach this morning, yes I talk to myself), that's a sign that things are not as good as they should be. Surely there are things to be grateful for when weather can create catastrophic situations for people, and I do keep this in mind. But as humans we need sun to keep us happy and upbeat and not snarking at our husbands (just me?), and we don't ask for a lot here. I'll take the 13°C, just let the sun stay out a bit longer, please. (I don't know who I'm talking to.)
Flowers cheer me up, so maybe you'll get a little jolt as well. These are some shots I've had around for a while, taken in my neighbourhood. A yellow tulip giving us a peak inside; a gorgeous, fluffy blossom tree - I'm not sure what kind this is, do you know? - and a tall plant with many tiny raspberry buds that I see in every second garden. I should know the name of that one, we've got some in the back!
And more randomness: this is one of the resident birds in Alnwick's Ornamental Garden, a pretty white dove
And some Northumberland Blackface sheep in Belsay. The countryside is dotted with all kinds of sheep, but these are particularly nice to look at.
Photos © The Swelle Life