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Sunday, 9 March 2014

Where Do I Begin?

Botanic Gardens Leicester - Maria A Smith

On Saturday afternoon I went for a stroll amongst the glorius daffodils in the Botanic Gardens in Leicester. Traditionally, they herald a new beginning, and in case you don't know, there is no difference between a narcissus and a daffodil, narcissus is the botanical name, and daffodil is the English name.


Crocuses  - Maria A Smith

There were still crocuses in flower too, which surprised me, I thought I'd missed them completely.
Spring has sprung! We've had two glorious days over the weekend. Which has gone far too quickly, tomorrow is the beginning of another working week. Although, I've got an outings coming up, as I'll be going to my second Liars League, evening on Tuesday.  You can read all about my first expierence here. I'm particurly looking forward to this one as one of the actors is a friend of mine. Who is also a writer. I shall say no more now.


Bunches  - Maria A Smith

I do hope this weather is set to continue, don't you?

26 comments:

  1. What beautiful spring photos. Unfortunately, we had our usual dreich weekend of rain and cold. But it can only get better!

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    1. Rosemary, I hope the weather improved for you? Everyone feels so much happier I believe. :-)

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  2. Superb photos Maria, as always. I often visit these gardens. They are a place of peace and quiet to savour the changing seasons of the year. In the warmer weather a great location to sit with your writing pad.

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    1. Thank you Keith, I like to visit several times a year as there is always something new to see. I haven't tried writing there, but who knows, when the weather warms, you might just find me scribbling there one day.

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  3. Spring certainly has sprung, Maria - what lovely photographs.

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    1. Thanks Wendy, and long may it continue! The weather men are predicting sunshine all the way this year - do we believe them? I want to, I really do!

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  4. A bit of sunshine and splashes of colour makes the heart sing!

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  5. It would be WONDERFUL if this weather goes on. Today doesn't make me hopeful, but it didn't rain, so that was a start.
    It has been lovely being out though; and the sunshine gives me new verve for doing new things. A bit of a pain, because all the stuff I want to do means sitting inside at my computer! I'll have to kick my laptop in gear and work on the run. Enjoy the sun.

    Speak soon! x

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    1. Hope you got all your work done? :-)

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  6. Beautiful pictures :-) Today started out cold, grey and misty, but now the sun is shining over Shropshire and I know I must step away from the laptop and go for a walk before it sets!

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    1. I NEED to get back into a walking routine. It is so valuable to the writer.

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  7. wow--simply glorious flowers--thanks for sharing :)

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  8. Hello Maria,

    Great photos and a nice description! :) Enjoyed reading through your other recent posts, I'm glad to have visited your blog :)

    Now I know narcissus and daffodils are the names of the same flower :) Weather last weekend has been brilliant too, sunshine everywhere :) At your leisure do have a look at my blog, hope you'll find my writings good.

    Cheers,
    Charan :)

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    1. Hello and welcome Charan, I am definitely going to visit your blog very soon.

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  9. Lovely pictures! I love spring flowers popping up all over the place. It makes me happy and giddy and all those things.

    Last Sunday morning the sun was so bright and warm! My window looks out over the water, to the east, so I'm always able to catch the early morning sun. This Sunday it was an amazing sun and I just enjoyed it with coffee and a good book on my couch by the window.

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    1. Sounds like a lovely relaxing way to spend a Sunday morning. :-) Thank you for visiting Corianne.

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  10. Honestly did not know that daffodils and narcissus are one and the same. And I'm training to be a master gardener..ha-ha!

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    1. Oh don't feel bad Sharon, I only found out a couple of years ago myself. :-)

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  11. I never knew there were botanic gardens in Leicester!

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    1. Oh yes, tucked away on the outskirts of town near the racecourse. Worth a trip.

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  12. Thanks so much for visiting Maria, and I was interested to hear that you'll be attending a Liars League meeting. I've been to a few and they're great. It brings a story to life to have it performed, and it's intriguing to see what someone else makes of it.

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    1. Yes, definitely, I must try and enter one of my stories, if lucky enough to be selected I'll hear how much they change it... :-) Non of the themes appeal to me at the moment. I write urban fantasy.

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  13. By the way, what is a platform building campaigner? I was interested in the button but when I clcked it didn't go anywhere.

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    1. Hi Jenny,
      That was a while back, you can read about it here http://firstdraftcafe.blogspot.co.uk/2011/08/blog-campaign.html
      It was fun!

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