It’s rare but not unprecedented to see fresh snow in the Lake District in May - local memories recall snow falling in early June 1975.
How different the world now looks since that icy day in February that I ventured out to St. Thomas’ hospital opposite Westminster and the Houses of Parliament. Those first doses of the Covid-19 vaccination lightened our fear and started the release from lockdown.
Traditional treats for our Easter weekend, Terry baked us a Simnel Cake and his own version of a Cassata, cooking from basic ingredients. Plus some chocolate Easter eggs. We didn’t get to enjoy Easter together last year so it’s time for some celebration in our “bubble”. Commercial gyms in England are expected to re-open next Monday...
Haematite extraction - Florence Mine, Egremont, Cumbria
The chilling sight of a decaying pit head. Haematite was mined here, not coal. It’s one thing to visit a mining museum, quite another to walk around an abandoned working with the machinery still in place and rusting around you in the spring sunshine. You think of and can almost hear the men who worked here from 1914 over several generations, building and operating this untidy structure that now whistles in the wind.
Colourfulflowers in the wonderful first rush of spring sunshine and before the storms bash the blooms. Fantastic to see colour again after this grim and grey winter in lockdown. These are flowers in and around the walled garden of Preston Manor, Brighton. Look out for the flowers around George the Brighton Pavilion cat’s memorial.