daffodils

It's the simple things

For me, there really is so much joy to be found in the simple things in life. Like a glorious sunny spring walk around the grounds of Magdalen College, Oxford. Last Sunday Al and I packed up a picnic and headed out on foot with our cameras in search of spring. I'm pleased to say we found it in abundance, looking most glorious, basking in the beautiful sunshine.

There is a beautiful circular walk around the College grounds, with paths lined with daffodils and clusters of beautiful crocuses. I don't think anything lifts the spirits quite as much as golden daffodils aglow in the sunshine - yellow for me is the colour of happy. The perfect tonic after a winter of cold and grey.

We even found a Fritillary or two, which had popped up early, encouraged by all the lovely sunshine and warmth.

I love the randomness of where the crocuses pop up - little clusters of happiness all lit up, nestling amongst the daffodils and the pretty purple Scilla Siberica flowers. Of course it meant getting low down with my camera to get the best angles - I'm very good at getting in the zone when I have a vision of what I want to capture - but unfortunately this often means that I'm not really thinking about what I'm asking my poor body to do to capture said shot. I was limping around for a few days after this beautiful walk - a mild case of spring flower strain ;)

The beautiful sunshine created some beautiful shadows and patterns with the Magdalen College architecture too.

A day of warmth and joy. It really is the simple things :)

A lovely spring day at Waddesdon Manor

We had some glorious sunshine on Saturday and it finally felt like spring! It was one of those days you just *had* to get outside so we decided to go for a walk in the grounds of Waddesdon Manor (along with rather a lot of other people it turned out!). The daffodils were positively glowing in the sunshine - it was just so lovely to see some colour after months of grey and gloom - and the birds were chirping away merrily. So please forgive the gratuitous shots of daffodils - I couldn't help myself! All pics below were taken on my 85mm - I decided it was a day for details and bokeh :)

Spring at Waddesdon Manor
Spring at Waddesdon Manor
Spring at Waddesdon Manor
Spring at Waddesdon Manor
Spring at Waddesdon Manor
Waddesdon Manor
These feet were made for walking...

There happened to be a French Market on at Waddesdon Manor, so we enjoyed a wander round the stalls. There was lots of amazing smelling food, some beautiful soaps and a fabulous VW camper can that had been turned into a mobile coffee van. So lunch turned out to be rather coffee and chocolate based....

VW coffee van
VW coffee van
Soaps at the French Market, Waddesdon Manor
Waddesdon Manor
Waddesdon Manor
Waddesdon Manor
Waddesdon Manor
Spring at Waddesdon Manor
Spring at Waddesdon Manor