On January 22nd the sun was shining, it felt just right to shove the camera in my pocket and go for a walkabout.
Walkabout, that’s a laugh, back home in Aberdeen I didn’t go anywhere without the car.
We now live in a village in East Cheshire, well, in the 1980s a housing estate was built in this once tiny village. Our house,above is within this estate, and this is where I will take you on our walkabout today. Some other time we can have a look around the old village.
Its now two months since we arrived here in Cheshire, and I can honestly say I have walked more in these past two months than I ever did in the previous thirty years. Every Monday and Friday I collect my grandson from school, its about one mile from our house, thoroughly enjoy it and find myself looking for other excuses to go walking, Myra would accompany me on these trips, however a near lifetime of serious back problems has left her unable to walk very far.
In spite of Cheshire being known for its high rainfall, I have not as yet had a soaking.
If you are going to have Winter Jasmine in the garden, this is how you want it to look, simply smothered in blooms, the south facing position makes all the difference.
I cant deny it, rain in Cheshire is more frequent than it is in Aberdeen. However I have noticed that when the sun does come out here in Cheshire, December or January you can feel a little heat in it, something we do not experience back home at this time of year.
Plants that you would have expected to have gone over fully were hanging on to a few blooms.
Cyclamen looking quite good, a plant that would not grow in our Aberdeen garden. Schizostylis! well I have seen it in December but not late on in January. What else do we have, Hydrangea still showing a bit of colour.
In our own back garden I spotted the blue flowers of a variegated Vinca, good as it is to see blue blooms, I have to say I am not fond of Vinca.
Its so good to be living so near to our eldest daughter, grandson and son in law. Make no mistake though it is very challenging moving away from the city where you have lived all of your life.
Ah well, no point in me getting all sentimental over the past. The move has affected Myra terribly and I was growing concerned for her health, I am pleased to say she is coming around and once we get the house into shape and with Spring around the corner I think it will make all the difference, mind you, she will always be an Aberdeen quine.
I have admired these umbrella trees for the past four years on visits, little did I realise that we would find ourselves living here.
Well I ask you! we move almost four hundred miles south (to England) and what do we find. Every road,avenue, terrace and close in our estate has a Scottish name.
My Winter walk isn’t quite showing scenes that you would expect. We haven’t had any snow, what frost there has been has been extremely light,no shortage of rain though, mind you, compared to the flooding experienced by many further south, we have got off lightly.
The only container plant that I left in Aberdeen was a variegated Yucca.
I always overwintered it in the greenhouse as there was little chance of it surviving the Winters of North East Scotland.
Imagine my surprise whilst on my walk, coming across a Yucca surviving outdoors here in Cheshire, and it had clearly flowered.
Its only about eight feet tall, I was really taken with the spent flower heads which looked very impressive in the Winter sunshine.
I feel I should know what it is, but I have to confess, I haven’t a clue, do you know?
Thanks to all who have identified it as a form of Rhus (Sumach)
I like this Birch tree with white bark.
I like this weeping form even more.
Didn’t expect to come across you, glad I shoved that letter in my pocket.
This is my daughters delightful house. They live about one mile away from us, just about everywhere I need to go to is about a mile away, except for the garden centre which is four miles, too far to walk especially if you need a couple of bags of compost. In the meantime bricks and mortar are more likely to be the current requirement.
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