The other day I took my son for a doctor’s appointment. The doctor’s surgery we were visiting is quite near the coast and the local fish markets in North Shields. When we left the doctors to come back to the car my son looked down the street and informed me there was a seagull on our car. He was right, an enormous seagull was perched on the roof as though it owned the car.
Yesterday was officially the first day of Spring, although for many it still feels like Winter. We still have frost and yesterday snow was trying to fall. This morning I decided to have a look for signs of Spring when I took my dog out for his early morning walk. We usually go the same route, in a big circle round the edge of the Rising Sun Country Park. This passes a field and also gives him a chance to run around off his lead and tire him out.
The first thing I noticed is that it is considerably lighter in the mornings now. We normally leave the house at 6.30am and a few weeks ago the sun was just rising at this time. It does not seem that long since it was actually pitch black at this time which makes for an exciting walk.
I also noticed how noisy it was this morning, the air was filled with bird song. There were collar doves making their distinctive coo cooing noise, crows squawking loudly and other birds just breaking into song as we walked along. It was almost as if they were full of the joy of Spring. I saw a magpie in a tree and just managed to get a shot before he flew away.
Even the dog was full of playfulness. He ran across the stream and up the bank on the other side and looked at me as if to say “Ha, how are you going to catch me now?”
Luckily he did come back when I walked away, I think he was scared I would leave him. Although the ground still looks very bare and dull if you look closely there are signs of spring flowers bravely trying to come out.
I saw crocuses
It may still be cold and dreary but Spring is on the way and hopefully we will soon have some warmth and sunshine.
I often take my son to visit his Grandparents who live in Belfast. The week before we went to visit I was discussing the Giant’s Causeway with my husband, for some reason I can’t remember. My son piped up very indignantly and said he had never been there. In fact he was very annoyed that we had been there without him. We tried to explain that it was before we had him, but apparently we should have waited before we visited.
When we went to visit my Grandparents we had to take him to visit so he could see it for himself. I love this picture which shows my son who has managed to clamber up some of the columns but is not totally sure how he is going to get down again.
It is a lovely memory of a great day spent exploring with the whole family, including grandparents and my son now has interesting stories to tell about Finn MacCool and his rivalry with the Scottish giant. He also learnt a little bit about volcanoes.
Disclosure: This is Dragons and Fairy Dust’s entry into the PrinterPix Photo Competition