April, the angel of the months, the young love of the yearVita Sackville-West
As well as being a successful novelist and poet, Vita Sackville-West is known for the beautiful gardens she created at Sissinghurst in Kent. She will have welcomed April as all gardeners do … but maybe not the April we have had this year.
The weather in London (and in much of the country) has been disappointing this month. We’ve had a lot of rain, and the drier days have been chilly, with a cold easterly wind at times. But right at the end of the month the sun came out and we had a couple of days of warmer, brighter weather. Maybe spring has finally, properly, arrived?
Despite the weather the many street trees near our house of course produced their blossom on cue (or maybe just a few days late). But I only occasionally got the blue skies that would show it off properly. And the early blossoming trees were hit with rain and strong winds, so the petals came down like snow.
Eventually our garden started to show some progress too, with the little apple tree and the lilac flowering. And one of the rare brighter days found me staying overnight with a friend in Norfolk, in her lovely old house right by two waterways, a river (the Great Ouse) and a drainage channel.
Towards the end of the month we spent a long weekend in Tirana, Albania, with mostly great weather and plenty of interesting sights. I’ve only included a few photos from there as many will appear in future posts. One already has, in fact, but in a black and white edit. Below you will find the original colour version.
On the very last day of the month we took a train north to Newcastle for an overnight stay. I captured the roof of Kings Cross Station, usually illuminated in blue (see a previous image here), now in red to mark the King’s coronation next weekend.
Most of these photos were taken with my phone. However the camellia, sunset blossom, parakeet and colourful tulips were taken with my Panasonic Lumix bridge camera.
Some of these photos were taken with my phone, some with my ‘point and shoot’ Panasonic Lumix (including those in Tirana) and a few with my Lumix bridge camera. All were edited in Photoshop Elements and many also in Color Efex Pro.
As always I am linking my selection to Ju-Lyn’s and Brian’s Changing Seasons challenge (link to Brian to follow once he posts).
I mentioned that we went to Newcastle. The reason for our brief visit was a match at St James’s Park, our first home game since the upturn in the team’s performances and fans’ delight following the takeover in October 2021. We enjoyed the fantastic atmosphere, and a 3-1 victory over Southampton. I captured the mood on (rather blurry) video as the teams came out before the match.