An Explosion of Petals

These photos are taken from a lakeside park in the town of Morges.
Every year there is a magnificent Tulip Festival.
The choice of flowers is immense and I had to choose just a few of them here.

Some of the centres of the flowers quite take my breath away.
The flower photos need no accompanying text,
just scroll down and enjoy them!















The fresh green leaves of spring are reflected in the water

The faraway view was a little hazy, but if you look directly above
the post on the left, in the dip in the mountains,
the well-known Mont Blanc mountain can be seen.

This is the main path which goes alongside the lake and all around
the whole park.

I rather liked this very unusual green tulip.

Fresh green leaves which have just unfurled


Today, Sunday, there were barrel organs and singers dotted around the park
giving a very joyful atmosphere!

These were my favourites!



Five Things I Love about April

1. The meeting of the seasons:

I love how lingering winter and spring mingle together to create their contrasting beauty.
The last snowfalls and flowering magnolia are a lovely example here.

2. The lakeside

 Dreamy walks along the lake at times of the day when there are as few people as possible!
Don't you love this amazing metal sculpture of a wave of little fish?

Here is a close-up.

3. Nature waking up

The spring flowers which start to bloom just everywhere. I love them all,
but there's nothing like daffodils to represent spring awakening!

Deep pink Hellebore
sometimes known as 'Lenten Rose' or 'Winter Rose'

Grapes of tiny flower buds which hang so gracefully on the branches.

4. Getting out into nature

From where I live above the centre of the town, I can easily get public transport
by bus and metro, up to the fields and the woods to enjoy the wide expanses,
the green fields and wooded areas
with just the sound of birdsong and the breeze rustling in the trees.

5. The longer days

When I can enjoy early morning walks before breakfast 
when all is still quiet and then again in the evenings after supper to hear the blackbird singing
in the trees in my neighbourhood.

There are many other things to appreciate during the month of April
and I'm sure you have your favourites too!

Easter Day!

Tulips and chicks
with a grey start to the day,
but there are already sunny spells this morning
 and it should be lovely this afternoon!

Hot Cross Buns were eaten on Good Friday
and this morning too.
Quite delicious with butter and homemade marmalade!

Just the other day, I made some natural organic lip balm
using Shea butter, almond oil, beeswax and lavender essential oil.
It's beautifully nourishing for night-time or during the day.

I put the tiny pots into little sachets for gifts
and gave two of them to my family this week.

Such a joy to see primroses popping up in all the gardens on my afternoon walk!

I love writing with a fountain pen
and I have notebooks where I like to write phrases and quotations
and sometimes poems.
I recently wrote these powerful words by Gandhi.

I hope that your day will be a lovely one!

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Crochet pattern from:this site

Chakra Mandala and Crystals

Mandala:
The Word comes from Sanskrit and means 'healing circle' or 'Universe'.
The most impressive mandalas are made by Tibetan monks
in beautiful coloured sands.
The creation of them is a meditative process with deep spiritual significance.

The crystals that I have placed around the crocheted mandala
are as follows, from upper left to right:
Red Jasper (Root Chakra)
Cornaline (Sacral)
Calcite (Solar Plexus)
Malachite (Heart)
Amazonite (Throat)
Lapis-Lazuli (Third Eye)
Amethyst (Crown Chakra)

Chakra:
These are energy centres in our body.
There are seven main chakras in our bodies,
going from the lowest Root Chakra, which is at the base of the spine,
right up to the Crown Chakra.

The crocheted mandala in pastel shades with the following crystals
going from the upper left:
Amethyst, Lapis-Lazuli, Chalcedony, New Jade, Calcite, Cornaline and Pink Quartz.

Creating the first letter 'S' of my name

Lapis-Lazuli

Each crystal is said to have specific healing properties.
Right now, I feel very attracted to Lapis-Lazuli.
The colour is a deep and vibrant blue with flecks of gold. There are variations
of colour in each stone. One of mine has more gold and the other
a deep and wonderful blue.
This crystal is a gemstone that helps bring inner peace
and clears the mind of negative thought patterns.
It awakens the third-eye, which promotes a higher consciousness
on journeys of self-discovery.

I like to arrange different crystals around my home according to how I feel
and which ones I feel attracted to at the time.
These days, I'm enjoying the colours and vibrations of those above.

It's an interesting fact that the seven colours of a rainbow
correspond exactly to the colours of the seven Chakras!


I found a very lovely crochet pattern to make my Chakra Mandala.
You can find it here: 




What to Do on a Rainy Day

There are so many things I love to do on a rainy day!
Crochet is one of them - and I recently finished my spring wreath for the front door.
It makes me feel welcome when I come home

I love to capture nature abstracts
like in the harmonious curves of the petals of my Amaryllis.
Photography is something we can definitely do on a rainy day, even inside!

Bringing home a basket of three daffodil bulbs was like bringing spring sunshine
into my home.

No need to resist capturing them from every angle!

Just drink in their yellow beauty until the sunshine and blue skies return.

Sit down with a big cup of  a delicious warm drink.
This one is a ginger and lemon infusion.

Why not practice some fun self-portraits.
My favourites this week are double exposures!

Oh yes, and another thing to do on a rainy day!
Make a new blog entry!

Instead of  wanting to make everything incredibly perfect,
just do things the way they are today
and that is enough!