Saturday, 2 April 2011

The view from my sitting room window five minutes ago:
28 billowy blossom trees. (I've never counted them before.)
2 green parakeets.
And a blue-tit.
My family always tell me that they think I'm mad living in London.
(Maybe I should tell them about cowgirl Kristina.)

12 comments:

ramblingfancy said...

I love visiting London. I'm amazed at the incredible number of birds I see when I visit my daughter. In Dorset all I seem to get is magpies, sparrows and pigeons!

Lucille said...

I think this has been a particularly good year for Magnolias.

mary said...

They're always lovely, aren't they Lucille? I wish I had one, there's some beauties in neighbours' gardens.
Lots of magpies and pigeons, too, ramblingfancy; if there's anything more unusual, I'm afraid I wouldn't be able to name it.

Mystica said...

I would love to see the pictures!!! I visited London over ten years ago and would love to come again.

rachel said...

I wish someone would tell me if there really is such a thing as a 'blossom tree'? I laugh at my sister in law for calling flowering cherry trees by this name, but now I'm beginning to wonder.....

Lovely by any name, though.

mary said...

Mystica, spring is the best time of year. Maybe we should swap because it's ten years since I visited Sri Lanka!
Rachel, I thought it was an umbrella description for everything pink and white.

kristina said...

Oh goodness. I hope you don't think I'm mad--though I'm beginning to wonder myself!

And I adore our parakeets. They zoom by the windows every evening in a green blur...

K x

mary said...

I love the idea of an urban cowgirl, Kristina. My family think I'm mad living here because they think of London as a city without a blade of grass.
But I'm still waiting for a parakeet to perch on my windowsill ... they're coming closer!

Darlene said...

I don't care for cities but I absolutely love London, it's so stimulating!

It must be fabulous to have parakeets fly by your window. I got all excited at seeing a new bird and Cowgirl Kristina told me it was a magpie, they're beautiful too.

mary said...

Kristina. I'm sorry ... you'll never live this down!
Darlene, you're right, magpies are very elegant. We don't take much notice of them because they're so common (and greedy). But don't you have them in Canada?

Darlene said...

I had to do a google search, Mary. Apparently there is a species that can be found in the western half of Canada but we don't have them in Ontario. And the only parakeet I would ever see would be one that had escaped its cage!

mary said...

Well, that's how we got our parakeets, Darlene ... so you never know! And they seem to survive winter.