Signs of Spring


Here in Cornwall, spring comes early.  As soon as it hits January, my husband becomes like an excited little boy eager to see his first sighting of a daffodil or a snowdrop.  Most of you know how depressing the past couple of months has been with its really bad weather which resulted to flooding all over the UK.  Hopefully, that is over now.

In our little household, my daughter and I have been battling with a bad cough and cold.  She seems to be doing better.  I on the one hand, seemed to have been hit really bad.  At night, you’d hear me cough and snort like an old engine trying to rev up, it’s been disturbing my husband so I’ve been sleeping with my daughter who doesn’t seem to mind.  I think all my snorting and coughing assures her that I am still beside her and so she sleeps well.

So yes, folks, I’ve been walking around in our little house with a head that feels as big and heavy as a rain-cloud – snorting and huffing away like an engine of an old train, all drugged up with paracetamol.  To make matters worst, I’ve also been hit by a massive wave of homesickness that’s been bashing me day in and day out.  I haven’t seen my family for over three years now you see, although admittedly I do Skype with them regularly, but that’s not the same.  Little T and I were supposed to go home this February, but the unexpected sale of our house has derailed that trip and since the sale of houses here in England happens in a snail’s pace, all plans are shelved right now.  We are in limbo, hence the woe-is-me attitude.

Going back to a more cheerful topic – spring!  Yes, we’ve had a number of good days actually.  The sun’s been out, though we’ve also had a few showers, but at least, we have been re-acquainted with the sun and the days also seem longer.

I don’t exactly recall the first time my husband had his first daffodil sighting, I think it did happen sometime in January and we’ve also seen snow-drops.  But yes, spring has sprung, not in full-bloom, but it’s definitely made its presence felt.


This photo was taken in Lanhydrock (a National Trust property nearest to us) a few years ago.  The flowers are lovely there in the spring.  Come to think of it, the flowers are lovely everywhere in spring time here in England.

What I also love about it is that you can take spring inside your home with you.  Last year, my husband planted some crocuses and it bloomed the loveliest shade of pink and white.  This year because of the (sigh) sale of the house, we haven’t done any spring time preparations at all.


Lat year, even the daffodils were proudly displayed on our kitchen table.  At the moment, I don’t have any spring flowers inside our home, only the flowers given to us on Valentine’s Day.  I’m thankful for that too.


What do you love about spring?

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  1. I am jealous. We are not even close to spring here in the Northeastern U.S. We had 20 inches of snow last week. Lovely photo!

        • So we are about a month ahead of you guys then. It’s usually March here, but like I said, you’ll see signs of it (here in Cornwall at least) as early as January and by February – more of it comes. Just hope that spring will come right on schedule on your side of the world 🙂 x

  2. Joy @ Yesterfood

    Dean, I found your post at Victoria’s #PoCoLo linky! Being in Texas, U.S., I am very interested to learn more about other areas, and your sounds beautiful. We are seeing signs of spring, too- my little daffodils just started coming up about a week ago, and the old-fashioned quince bushes in the side yard are starting to show their dark pink blossoms. I wish I could visit Lanhydrock! (P.S. I adore the planter you have the pink blooms in- the little creature is adorable!).

    • Hi Joy, thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment 🙂 Glad you guys are seeing signs of spring too, especially since it’s been a bad winter for you! As for the planter, I’m actually using it now to store our eggs! 🙂 I love it too and didn’t want to only use it once a year, that’s why I decided to put it into good use in the kitchen, at least I get to see it everyday.

  3. Ah, I love the signs of spring!! I expect my trees to start blooming any day now, but until then, I’ll take the warmer temps we’ve had this week! I’m so sorry that you are so sick, that makes for a very rough couple of weeks 🙁 And, I’m really sorry that you had to cancel the trip to see your family. I know that Skype isn’t the same and I hope that you get to make plans to see them soon – and that the process on the house doesn’t take forever and a day! 🙂

  4. afamilydayout

    I love spring too, my favourite season. I think you’re lucky in Cornwall as spring probably arrives first there. Not long now! #pocolo

  5. Your post is full of promise of good things to come 🙂 Thanks for sharing happy spring thoughts, we have a bit of a wait ahead of us yet! #PoCoLo

  6. Oh bless you Dean – must be so hard for you being so far away. I hope you get to make some proper plans soon. Also i hope you get well soon! Hurrah for spring and all it brings xx

  7. I can totally relate to your homesickness – hits me every winter without fail. Three years is a very long time though. Spring always perks me up. I didn’t know what the joys of spring meant until I moved to England and lived through really long winters. I love the bloom of trees, the feeling of warm sun on your face and the longer days. Can’t wait.

  8. Oh, you live near Lanhydrock-one of our favourite places to visit! We’re coming down there twice this year-we usually stay in Lostwithiel but we’re also treating ourselves to a trip to Coombe Mill as well this year. Anyway, enough of my wittering. I suppose it doesn’t matter how lovely a place is, if it doesn’t feel exactly like home. I hope you get your move sorted soon and your cough goes away. Coughs are horrible and so draining.

    • Thank you! Yes, Lanhydrock isn’t far from where we live. I’m sure you guys will enjoy Coombe Mill, I wish we didn’t live nearby so it wouldn’t sound so silly to stay over at Coombe Mill too 🙂

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