Posted by: christinelaennec | March 28, 2012

Such a beautiful spring!

My last post had a lot of words – this one has mostly photographs.  I just wanted so much to share with you this incredible springtime we’ve been having!

Daffodils by the River Dee. Aberdeen, 26 March 2012. Without leaves on the trees yet, the sun pours down on us when it's out!

Evening sun through daffodils

Evening mist creeping in over Stonehaven, near Aberdeen. 26 March 2012.

Stonehaven. I like the little patch of yellow where the sun is hitting the gorse on the hillside.

Crescent moon and Venus over Stonehaven. 7:45 pm, 26 March 2012.

New leaves on a chestnut tree, Bon Accord Square, Aberdeen. 27 March 2012. The chestnuts are always the first out.

View from the 7th floor of the new University Library, looking down onto the Cruickshank Botanical Gardens and the spires of St. Machar's Cathedral (which is meaningful to us as my sister was married there and our children were baptised there). You can just make out the North Sea on the horizon, to the right.

Camellia bush in full bloom, Wrights' and Coopers' Place, Old Aberdeen. 27 March 2012.

Thank you to everyone for such kind comments on my last post.  We are doing fine, interested to see what the next part of the journey is, and enjoying this marvellous weather.  The lady at the craft shop has informed me that snow is forecast for north of here at the weekend!  Perhaps March will go out like a lion yet.

I hope your week has been beautiful too (whether weather-wise or not).



  1. Beautiful photographs. Things just change overnight, bare branches and then cherry blossom appears.
    Tulips are in fat buds, early.
    So funny – I said to my husband It will snow at the weekend.

  2. Isn’t this weather superb? I had my lunch sitting outside today – unheard of in March! Your pictures are lovely. Those daffs look glorious, so vibrant in the sunshine, and I’m amazed by the leaves on the chestnut tree. I hope the lady in the craft shop was wrong, I don’t want snow! Glad to hear you’re all doing well and enjoying the weather, sunshine really can lift the spirits.

  3. I so love your photos Christine. They are true to this wonderful spring light we have, and you always capture images that are good for the soul!

  4. Beautiful!

  5. Absolutely beautiful photos and Spring in Scotland!

    p.s. Still having problems commenting using my Think it’s because it’s a self-hosted WP account.

  6. Fabulous photos. Thankyou very much for sharing them.

  7. Yes – the snow of the little lambs it is called here only in Gaelic, and I have forgotten. You will know. Beautiful series of photos – I love the camellia xx

  8. Essence of spring! And I’m so envious of the view from the library. Wish we’d gone upstairs when we visited.

  9. A feast of springtime! Thank you, Christine, for sharing the colour in your part of the world.

  10. Lovely! I read yesterday’s post just now and couldn’t think of anything useful to say, but know that I am thinking of you all 🙂

  11. recently discovered your blog. about your daughter and ME, i’m not an expert but do read up about adrenal glands. also vitamin B complex.
    (sugar is poison to adrenal glands for anyone with a fatigue based problem)
    Good luck

  12. What a lovely tour of your beautiful Scotland. I love the names of the places, the towns and the river. What a beautiful church rising above the rooftops. A cheerful and happy post! So glad you have such beauty to share with us! xx

  13. Ooooooh I wish I lived in a country where the seasons were so much appreciated because they were so much more obvious. In Sydney the seasons flow one into another, a few trees lose their leaves and it gets a bit colder….but really there is not a huge difference. The daffs are wonderful!! Hope you have a beautiful summer

  14. Springs seems to be extraordinary everywhere this year. Earlier and warmer than usual in the American South. Our dogwoods and azaleas are blooming their little hearts out. Your pics are beautiful. Makes me want to be there instead of here!

  15. Oh the daffodils and camellias! How lovely. The daffs were blooming when I was in Edinburgh a couple of weeks ago. Sending prayers and positive energy to you and yours…

  16. Dear all,

    Thanks so much for your lovely comments. They give me such pleasure! I’m glad you liked the photos. It has been really extraordinarily warm for a few weeks, but today it’s very chilly and snow is indeed forecast for tomorrow. We’ll see. We’re grateful to have had such a lovely spell.

    Jill – I wonder if you will be seeing snow this weekend? Stay warm!

    Lorna – you’re so right, the sun does do us all good. I always notice how much more smiley people are on a sunny day.

    Mrs. Scruffybadger – aww, you’re kind. Your photos always make me laugh – your happiness and joie de vivre is infectious!

    Dianne – really sorry it’s still giving you hassles. I may be in touch with you after Easter to see if it’s still happening, and if so I’ll lodge a polite complaint / enquiry with WordPress.

    Flora and Martin – so glad you like the photos! Since I started my blog I appreciate the world around me even more than I did before, because I get really excited about sharing what enthuses me.

    Barefoot Crofter – yes indeed, sneachd an uain!

    Roobeedoo and Margaret – thanks so much for your thoughts and the tip about Vit B and the adrenals. I have been dosing the Dafter with Vit B (complex and B12 as she’s vegetarian) and I’ve been trying to educate myself about reflexology because she finds having her feet massaged helps her feel a bit better – so I’m glad I’m on the right track! Lots to educate ourselves about but we’re on our way.

    Karen – I loved the spire above the rooftops so much I decided to post two photos of it, so I’m glad you felt the same.

    Eleanor – lovely to have you come by. I must say I do really appreciate the change of seasons. By the sounds of it, Sydney is a marvellous place. My main impression of it is from friends’ reports and the film Muriel’s Wedding!

    Suze – oh, your mention of dogwood takes me right back to Oregon. My mother always kept an eye on the dogwoods by her old house, and would report to me on them…

    Ellen – the weather has been so cold further south, and so mild up here in the north that the seasons across the UK seem to be at much the same point this year, unusually. I’ve really enjoyed reading about your journey (though haven’t had time to comment on Newcastle). Thanks so much for your prayers – we really appreciate them.

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