Oh, to be in England
Now that April’s there,
And whoever wakes in England
Sees, some morning, unaware,
That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf
Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,
While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough
In England – now!
There’s still two weeks to go to April, and its’snowing heavily today. I’ve just got in from a dog walk, chilled and damp, so I’ll happily laze the afternoon away. I have two books and some crochet on the go, I made orange polenta cake yesterday and I could even try to finish the poem I began.
You all know I love to travel, to anywhere hot, but there’s something very wonderful about England in spring. This snow should be gone by tomorrow and I live in the loveliest place on our planet, have a look, click to see a slide show, maybe you’ll agree.
So I’m thinking about this year’s holidays, because I crave experiencing different cultures, but right now there’s nowhere I’d rather be, but right where I am.
24 thoughts on “Being Here Now”
Lovely! And yes, I totally agree that there is nowhere better than England (or the rest of the UK) in spring. We have the most beautiful scenery and flowers and gardens and we wouldn’t be who we are if it wasn’t for the weather – what else would we have to talk about? Sorry you are snowed in, it has been a beautiful morning down here, but the sky is whitening so snow may be on its way. No matter. The chaffinches are already in my trees and the lambs gambolling in the field. I’m happy and content. And it seems you are too. 😀
Yay, I’m glad to hear you are. I may not be tomorrow when ii have to trudge to work of course 🙂 I think the snow will blow out before it can go that far south west.
Nope. Got it now! Looks very peaceful and of course I don’t have to go out in it.
Oh, and where do you buy polenta from? I am dying to make a polenta cake, but have had no luck sourcing it.
I must be looking in the wrong places. I have tried Tesco, Asda and Sainsburys. But in the flour and baking section. Maybe another aisle?
As my mother would have said “ask, you’ve got a tongue in your head”….there’s Yorkshire bluntness for you!
Never any assistants around when I go shopping 🙂
No near the rice and pasta in my store. I’ve had polenta cake in cafes but it was the first time I’ve baked with it, yummy and the texture makes you feel like you’re getting something substantial.
I’ll look there. I have had a really lovely lemon polenta cake in Ludlow and would love to try and make one.
Gorgeous gallery, Gilly! I especially love the clouds over the harbour. 🙂 🙂 Never tried orange polenta cake. Hint! Hint! 🙂
Yes it’s lush, but I need to get back out of this baking habit, it’s bad news!
Possibly, but it’s maker would have to be able to reach a post office without trudging through miles of deep snow 🙂 🙂 🙂
The England you show us in your photos is beautiful
We love visiting England in September. There are still lots of summer flowers and we hardly ever have any rain.
Contentment is a lovely thing, as are your photos of the place that contents you. The sun’s rays and the coastline especially appeal – maybe because they’re like the place I’d rather be! As for orange polenta cake. What a good idea. If my recipe didn’t get blotted out by windowsill moisture in Warsaw.
A beautiful place you live in Gilly. The gallery of photos is lovely I’m looking forward to seeing spring pop up all over the blogs. I do miss spring and autumn, it is almost perpetual summer here. But I don’t think I would enjoy winter
Home sweet home. 🙂
What a beautiful set of gallery! I love all of them.
Thank you for the spring tour, Gilly!
Agree what a beautiful location. Thank you for sharing this lovely gallery of photos. Makes me want to visit England. Adding to my must see list.
Hey Gilly … wow such super images! Love the last one 😃