Friday, 20 January 2017

A Little Short Lived Snow & Early Awakening Peonies...

Hi Honeys
How are you today?  Well, I hope, and staying warm & cozy.  I'm still battling a horrible chest/cough thing that just refuses to go away.  Being in the fourth week of this battle and seemingly getting nowhere, I finally relented earlier this week and called our Dr even though I didn't want to.  Isn't that what you're supposed to do when you're ill though Rosie?  Call the Dr?

I didn't want to call for two very good reasons honeys.  First and most important being that I knew our surgery would be completely overwhelmed with this chest thing going around, seriously everyone seems to have it right now, and I didn't want to add to their workload.

Secondly, being a spoonie every day I have to take so many pills and potions already that I can't bear the idea of adding to it even a little bit so I tend to put off calling the Dr until, as now, I've tried the resting, drinking lots of fluids and praying it'll go away thing.

My horrid cough though has turned as it usually does into my yearly chest infection.  Yuk.  It's really irritating honeys, I have so many things I'd like to be getting on with and instead I'm stuck on the sofa, wrapped in a throw and hugging a hot water bottle and our furbaby Jade.  I don't mind that last bit actually, Jade is a very huggy furbaby and adores hugs as much as her Mum does :)
A Little Short Lived Snow & Early Awakening Peonies...

Its not all bad though, during the early part of last week we had some snow.  I even went to the back door to try to catch a quick photo of it falling for you...

Snow falls in Scotland

It was so pretty it was even (sort of) worth the coughing fit it set off by my standing at the open back door even though I wasn't there very long and went straight back to our living room and watched it from the window with Jade.  She seemed fascinated with the snow falling outside bless her.

It did make our tiny front garden look pretty...

Snowfall in our tiny front garden.

It didn't last very long though honeys.  By lunchtime next day it had mostly melted again in the gorgeous (nearly spring) sunshine...

Next day the snow starts to melt away again in the beautiful sunshine.

In the huge planter by our back door though there was another surprise!  I had heard one of the presenters on breakfast TV mention that due to the unusually mild winter so far (is it just me who's been feeling so cold?) daffodils had been spotted... in January!

Sure enough in the planter, home to our beloved peonies, this is happening...

Early peonies beginning to appear in our garden.

Our peonies are starting to wake up very early this year. They wouldn't normally be doing this till early March! I can't wait to see them grow and make their corner of our garden beautiful as they always do 🌹🌹🌹🌹

Crimson peony in bloom.

If you'd like a copy of this image honeys you'll find a download here.  Enjoy!

Have a fabulous weekend, stay warm, wear an extra layer even if its sunny outside.  I have a feeling winter isn't done with us yet.  Till next time dear ones, hugs lots (the best way to stay warm I think) and smile even more.  Huggles always xxx
ps: my countdown continues, only nine weeks till clocks go forward and we move into British summer time yaaayy!!

Huggles always dear ones xx


  1. I'm so glad you're peonies are waking up so early! That picture with the sunshine you took is beautiful! I do hope your chest cold is clearing up and everything went okay with the doctor. You are so kind to think about not overwhelming them! I need to go to the doctor but it is such a boring thing to do when there are other more fun things to do but I guess it's all under the umbrella of good self-care :) Hope you are staying warm this January oxoxo

    1. Hi Heather :) Thank you angel x We've had the prettiest blue skies and fluffy clouds recently, but it's been so, so cold. I got some fresh compost and covered over the peonies with a fresh layer to protect the new shoots from the frost, same with our beloved roses in our teeny tiny front garden. The weather, and the mildness of our winter till this cold snap, is confusing them into starting to appear earlier than they would normally do and I'm afraid the now appearing bitter cold might damage them.

      I know what you mean about doctor appointments, I should make another appointment soon to have my blood pressure checked but I know they'll still be busy with the winter colds & flu season so I'll wait another week or two I think. Do stay warm Heather, winter isn't done with us yet. I'm so looking forward to spring arriving. Sending heaps of huggles always dear wee friend xxx