Friday, 21 March 2014

The seasons are a' changing


March will soon be over and April approaches, and with it our glorious summer months start cooling down a little.  I have noticed a gentle subtle change in the big tree outside my front patio, a peek of a yellow leaf here and there.


And the sun has moved across a little, it cast these gorgeous sunbeams through the trees.



And along with the autumn days creeping in, I have an amazing eyeful of my lemon tree outside my back door.   It has an absolute abundance of fruit, bright green gorgeous lemons which are, I have been told, 'restaurant quality'.  They are thin skinned and wonderfully juicy.




This lemon season, I must attempt to make Lemon Curd.  I saw Anna Olson making a bowlful in her cooking programme recently and it looked fairly easy.  Then she swirled some through a tub of ice cream to make Lemon Ripple Ice Cream, well ...
it was simply to-die-for beautiful. 


Wild cosmos - landscape, cosmos, fields, wild flowers, pink, flowers


During April and May, we have a dazzling display of wild Cosmos, swathes of pink and lilac and maroon and white, that line the roads and grow in the fields alongside.  On the main route to our popular tourist destinations to the north and east of the country especially, it is quite a common site to see cars stopped on the side of the road, folk out with their cameras, taking pics of acres of flowers, or simply just drinking the gorgeousness in with the eyes!

I have been browsing through some of my favourite UK blogger friends' posts this morning ... what a sight to behold ...  the blooms and blossoms, crocus and daffodils, cherry blossoms and snowdrops popping up in the fields and pathways .... I must plan a visit in the Spring next time I travel across.  

It is a public 'bank' holiday here in South Africa today ... do have a wonderful day, and to all
a wonderful weekend.

Hugs Pat xx

Edit post::  Here is the link for a picture of the Lemon Ripple Icecream!
http://www.thehomechannel.co.za/food/bake-with-anna-olson/lemon-ripple-ice-cream/

14 comments:

  1. Gorgeous photos Pat! Autumn is my favourite season - quite a few of our big trees have started shaking their leaves already - the thin carpet of colour has inspired me to start making a few more things in autumn shades!

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    1. Time flies doesn't it? Just the other day we were sweltering and suddenly .... it's cooler!! Loving the late rains though Pat xx

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  2. Beautiful photographs Pat...the sunbeams through the trees looks completely magical! I think I have to try the lemon curd too which sounds delicious...x
    Hope you're having a great week,
    Susan x

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    1. I am more or less committed to the Lemon Curd now!! I will be sure to post the results.. xx Pat

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  3. Hi Pat. I am so glad the sun is heading our way - we need a little more warmth around here! Your photo of the sunbeams has a magical fairytale quality about it...love it. The cosmos is stunning. I don't know whether you can watch the RHS Chelsea flower show over in S. Africa, but they usually have a garden display there from your neck of the woods and it's always breathtaking - I think it may even have won a gold award in the last few years.
    Thank you for your lovely comments about my mandalas - you should definitely give them a go, they are so easy. Hope you had a great holiday weekend. X

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  4. Just had a quick google! South Africa's stand at the Chelsea Flower Show has won no less than 33 gold medals over the years! So wish I could see a show, I love flowers! xx Pat

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  5. Hello Pat
    Such beautiful photos, and how lovely to have a lemon tree ! Homemade lemon curd is just the best thing.
    Kate x

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    1. It has been an amazing thing, having this bountiful lemon tree in the garden; I am buying a small sapling, so that if I ever move I have one to take with me!

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  6. Oh my goodness, those Cosmos made my heart skip a beat. Beautiful post!

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    1. Aren't they beautiful! xx Pat

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  7. Hi Pat, Thanks for your hello on my blog http://emeraldcottage.blogspot.co.uk the other day :) I am sooooo envious of your lemon trees - fancy growing lemons in abundance in your garden, I look forward to hearing if the lemon ripple icecream is a success (well, how could it not be :)
    Jillxo

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    1. My pleasure, looking forward to many shared posts! xx Pat

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  8. Such beautiful pictures. The field of flowers is amazing. We are just entering Spring over here in Alabama and we are enjoying nature finally waking back up.

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