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    April changes

    On 1 April which was the last Easter day we spent a few hours in the wood which is situated near our house. Although there were still some remnants of snow, the air wasn’t that cold and the walk was very pleasant. The only thing which made me feel a bit disturbed were traces of wild boars’ presence. They say the boars are over-abundant here. Supposedly they hide during the day and I’ve never seen any but I really wouldn’t want to run into any of them. The scenery was calm and sleeping, resembling autumn rather than spring. There wasn’t much to be admired but I liked the yellow lichen…

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    More snowy sceneries

    As I was looking through my archived photos when preparing the previous post, I came across photos I took in December 2010. They were taken in the village I live in on a frosty day of that month and I’ve already posted some of them in my posts Winter scenes and Second chance and also in my PF 2012 and PF 2013. To put it simply, that single day was wondrous and I’d like to share more of it. The branches and grass were covered not only with snow but also with hoarfrost and it made them look quite special. Especially against the blue sky. It looks as if there…

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    Snow here and there

    We enjoyed snow during the last few weeks but now it’s definitely gone. And I wasn’t able to take any photo as I was ill. It made me browse through my older photos and I found a few which I’d like to share with you, I’ve chosen them for various reasons. All of the shots were taken in or near the village I’ve lived in. No. 1: I like the greenish tinge of the scene and also the wooden cart. I’m used to seeing such a cart as just a much smaller toy sold in shops specialised in handicraft. No. 2: Another tinge, rust-coloured now. I find the branches in…

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    First snow

    It was snowing all day and night yesterday and as the temperature was stuck under the zero, we woke up into beautiful whiteness this morning. Just on Friday I finished covering some of the plants in our garden with branches to protect them against harsh winter and I’m so glad I managed to do it in time. We have a saying stating that “Martin comes riding a white horse”, which relates to 11th November being the Martin’s name day. It is quite usual that in the middle of November we experience the first snow, hence the white horse. This year the snow has come a bit sooner and I find…

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    Flowers I can still admire in my garden

    There are still some flowers in front of our house and in our garden and I’d like to share their beauty and my experience in growing them with you. – Pelargonium peltatum – I love this variety of Pelargonium, they are so easy to grow and have never disappointed me. If I forget to water them from time to time, they don’t fade right away and although they need fertilising if they are supposed to be rich in flowers, they endure somewhat harsh condition too. I used to decorate our windows with them but now I plant them into pots and big containers in front of our house to prevent…

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    Sunday afternoon walk

    Unlike his older brother, our 9-year-old son has been eager to ride a bike and demands riding it every day. To make him pleased we went for a longer walk on Sunday afternoon here in the village where we live. There is a minor road leading to a distant part of the village and as it’s not used much by cars, it is suitable for walking and cycling. I decided to take a camera with me, what if there was something worthy of catching… There was, of course, as there always is, only the sun was quite sharp. Let’s take a few stops along the way. We have a pond…

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    Double beauty

    Isn’t it funny? On Friday afternoon I commented on a beautiful and quite unusually arched rainbow presented by my friend Linda in her Rainbow post and a few hours later my son was calling me to have a look outside to see a rainbow too. I did and was amazed by its beauty and dissimilarity from the one Linda posted. This one was narrow, stretching high, surrounded by soft red light at its most shining parts and accompanied by one more less visible arch. I could see the whole arch but it was too close to catch it in one photograph. It was right in front of me, the beginning…

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    Spring in my garden

    In the Czech Republic we have a saying: “Get to a stove in March and stay there in April too”. It rhymes in the Czech language and I find myself repeating it each and every spring. It emphasises the fact that there are always a few wonderful sunny days at the beginning of spring and then temperature drops again and one has to wait usually to May to enjoy the nice weather again. This year has been no exception. It’s been raining today and the temperature was only 6°C this afternoon… Nevertheless, yesterday I spent some time in my garden and found out that even in this awful weather, there…

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    Spring in terms of flowers

    It’s beautiful to come out of the house right into the garden and to see the nature so close… I grew up in a city, in a block of flats with garages in the backyard and a busy main street in front of the house. Moreover, both grandmothers lived in the same city, just in other parts of it. How much I longed for some nice relatives living in the country!! I would never have guessed at that time that one day I would be living in the country. One never knows what experience waits round the corner… I guess the flower above is some perennial kind of begonia, I…

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    Spring has finally come…

    … although winter hasn’t given up yet. April is known for its uncertain weather here and so we had 25°C a few days ago as well as just 5°C today. I am quite happy that we were able to do quite a lot of work in our garden during those warm days and so the world looks a little bit better now. On the other hand, I nearly don’t remember how my camera looks as I haven’t used it since winter. Let me open my archive for a while and present a photo from the last spring to start the new season: These crocuses are planted in front of our…