Spring is in full motion in our corner of the world. I’ve woken to hear the most amazing bird songs, this week, and find myself not rushing up, but enjoying the songs. Not chirps, but full on musical movements! Like an orchestra is playing outside my window.

In the garden, bulbs are popping up overnight. Not really overnight, but I swear they weren’t there the day before. If they hadn’t been there the year before, then I’d begin to think that someone is sneaking into the garden and planting them while we sleep.

(Cyclamen with tiny bug on edge of petal)

Just buds mostly, at the moment, but full of the promise of colour and scent, ready to attract all manner of bugs to visit them. The garden will soon be full of life again.

(Lesser celandine in the woods)

On the home front, I’ve been aware of a change in the children. Especially my two daughters. If you’ve read my previous post , you’ll know that we went to see Hidden Figures over the weekend, as a family, and loved it (I’ve reviewed it, if you’re interested). Go see the film, if you haven’t already.

This week, both girls seem more confident in themselves. Just little things, mostly, but I have noticed that they seem to believe in their abilities a little bit more, especially in maths.

(pulmonaria in the garden)

Maybe I’m imagining it. Wishful thinking, but maths homework has been done without me being asked for help. They come home saying that they understand the topic they are doing in maths, more easily. They’ve helped fellow classmates. They even express the ambition to do well in the subject and how can I help them?

Has the film inspired them? I didn’t see that coming.

I took them hoping to broaden their minds to the racial issues. Giving context and a historical view, which I think it did. And more, it appears.

There is a fine line in parenting. So easy to push, when really what is needed is for eyes to be opened. It makes me wonder how else I can open their eyes to opportunities without appearing to lay out a carved-in-stone career plan. I guess that is my challenge. The fine line we all walk, bringing up children.

So not only is the garden budding up, but children as well. Reminds me why I love so much being a gardener, and a parent too.

Word of the week – budding.



16 thoughts on “Budding

  • Friday 10 March, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    I do love your phrase around ‘eyes to be opened’, as I think that is spot on. I don’t like to be pushy, but I do want to encourage interests and passions and yes, open their eyes, great description, and it sounds like that’s exactly what you’ve managed to do. I am loving seeing all of the shoots and flowers coming up in my garden, spring is here! Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • Tuesday 14 March, 2017 at 11:33 pm

      It is indeed a fine line and easy to take your eye off. Yes, so good to see those green shoots poking through.

  • Friday 10 March, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Spring really does seem to have sprung this week…
    Gorgeous photos!
    It sounds like the kids are doing well….

    • Tuesday 14 March, 2017 at 11:34 pm

      It has got going, thank goodness. I’m ready for it.

  • Friday 10 March, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    You’re so right, it can be hard to show your kids opportunities and ideas without seeming to push them.They are just like seedlings that we should nourish without overloading. Gardening is so much easier than parenting but both give us untold pleasure x #wotw

    • Tuesday 14 March, 2017 at 11:34 pm

      Ah they are both a challenge, but satisfying as well.

  • Friday 10 March, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    What a fantastic word. I’ve hard of this film and it’s on my list to do. Sounds incredible. It’s so lovely to hear the birds isn’t it… even if we would quite like a lie-in sometimes! #wotw

    • Tuesday 14 March, 2017 at 11:35 pm

      I do love hearing the dawn chorus.

  • Friday 10 March, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    How lovely that your children are feeling more confident and believing in their own abilities a little more. Love seeing all the flowers appearing and hearing the birds singing sounds so nice 🙂 #WotW

    • Tuesday 14 March, 2017 at 11:35 pm

      Spring is springing

  • Saturday 11 March, 2017 at 9:41 am

    I’ve noticed the birds singing this week too. In fact they’re singing right now and it’s well past dawn. I love the lighter mornings too, makes it easier to get up!

    • Tuesday 14 March, 2017 at 11:44 pm

      Yes. It is so much easier to get out of bed. Loving hearing the birds

  • Monday 13 March, 2017 at 12:25 am

    Budding is such a great word – full of optimism and perfect for this time of year!
    Oh it’s lovely to see Spring really pushing on through and the brighter evenings. Your photos and garden looks very colourful – our daffs haven’t done so well this year but our tulips look like they’re going to be stunning!
    Have a great week

    • Tuesday 14 March, 2017 at 11:52 pm

      I haven’t spotted our tulips yet, but I think they may be a later type. So lovely to see the signs of spring.

  • Monday 13 March, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Spring is extremely welcome here particularly the warmth #WotW

    • Tuesday 14 March, 2017 at 11:52 pm

      Couldn’t agree more.

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