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It’s #Easter almost!

Daffodils in woodland by Spiral White


A new beginning

Looking forward; don’t look back

See a better time…

It’s Easter and a time to celebrate new life and new beginnings; perhaps by reflecting on the events of the past year.

We will all have good and bad recollections of the year. 

But now that spring has arrived; a more positive feeling is here.

A symbol of spring and new life is the daffodil.  Seeing masses of daffodils stretching out into the distance whilst out walking through a park is truly inspiring.  Here are some of my photos from recent walks nearby. 

If you don’t live near a park, I’ve found a brilliant website with amazing virtual garden visits you can look at from the comfort of your armchair, whilst munching on your chocolate eggs!

It’s the National Garden Scheme they provide visitors access to private gardens in England and Wales and raise money for nursing and health charities with admission charges, tea and cake. Take a look at the following link for more details…

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It’s almost Easter…

bed of assorted color flowers
Photo by Jos van Ouwerkerk on

Easter this year is tinged with sadness for so many people affected in some way by Coronavirus. I’ve been spending more time at home than usual due to lockdown.

My garden has been my focus recently; it’s been looking very spring like. At Easter in previous years, I’ve gone to visit gardens to see all the spring bulbs and flowers in bloom. Spring is a popular time of year for gardens, just opened for the year. Now, government restrictions mean they are closed, with other attractions and businesses.

As an alternative to a usual visit, I came across a number of virtual tours, of popular tourist sites. Some sites have recently added special virtual tours. If you’re stuck for ideas for the Easter weekend; why not check some of these out and design your own virtual tour.

I did a virtual tour of Keukenhof gardens , Lisse, Netherlands. On one trip a few years ago I visited it along with other places in Amsterdam. The gardens are amazing to see, they are laid out with huge flower beds, full of beautiful tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, roses, carnations, irises, lilies and other spring flowers.

beautiful bloom blooming blossom
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The gardens are one of the largest in Europe and cover around 80 acres of land planted with 7 million bulbs.

Around this area near Lisse, are fields planted acre upon acre with tulip bulbs. These stretch into the distance with their striking, vibrant colours, making the Dutch bulb fields  a tourist attraction.

A very popular place to visit in Amsterdam is Anne Franks house. Her famous diary documents the years from 1942-44 in hiding; before she was captured and sent to the concentration camp, Bergen Belsen.
A virtual tour shows you around her house and the secret annex  where she went into hiding during the German occupation of the Netherlands during the Second World War.

It’s a humbling experience to see this virtual tour; particularly as our movements have been restricted so much.

yellow tulip flower field during daytime
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Easter is symbolic of new life, my poem this week looks ahead…


To the future

Out of the darkness

A sparkling light

Shines through

It points the way


From bleakness

To the future

Where our hopes

Are realised


Poem by Nick