Late Spring Nature diary by James Young
With April high on its courtship with early summer, it is dressed in an ebony-coloured cluster of ivy berries with the dear old cherry blossom beaming down upon the retiring periwinkle, blushing blue. The pale pink cherry blossom is either shocking against a grey sky, or jumping out of a blue sky the very next instant, sending the huge white clouds whizzing across to the horizon. The first lizard is basking in the sun and staring stock still, blending in.
The sea is still pleasantly cool, for the calm warm sunshine is alternating with drab cold windy days in some bizarre game of hide and seek. But the winter has been mild and the nettles have fared well and are off to a good start. Everywhere this year there are molehill boulevards from which one would not be surprised to see a meercat suddenly emerge.
In Oystermouth castle the children are rolling down the grass banks, flashing on the green serge as one minute sunny, next minute cloudy, mimics their irrepressible mirth.
The dandelion sherbet fountains and the bubbling of bluebells tremble, as the noisy strimmer men of England are on the lookout for their fodder. What a noise!
The sea temperature is creeping up steadily and my swims are getting longer. From Rotherslade to beginning of Langland now, in 15 delicious minutes.
Irises and tulips brighten the back lanes and there is barley planted in the fields. All the trees are in soft bud over Mumbles Head and seem to be soothing down with spring. Beds of tulips itch like a rash.
The lilac is out to dominate the scent on the evening air or in the first warmings of the morning. Handfuls picked for mum’s smiles by the children of spring. Early summer will brook no argument now, although with every passing day the blossom hangs on bated breath, for the next windy day will certainly see their fall. The confetti of the marriage of Spring unto Summer, for richer or poorer. Celebrate!
The new leaves on silver birch flutter like butterflies drinking in an unexpected breeze from a blue, blue sky. A snowy sward of daisies covered with a pink blizzard of blossom, but real snow is on the way! To blow the dandelion heads with flakes wishing for better days.
For we woke up this morning with the fridge door left open and the light spilling out over geraniums and daisies drawing their collars up tight and longing for their greenhouse days.
But this charade of winter, we can see straight through it! For the sun has got his hat on and he’s coming out to play, and it is going to be warm for the weekend, or so they say.
So, listen my dear April, May is on it’s away, let’s dance around the maypole, like we always used to, long in our childhood day.
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His poetry can be seen here: http://baitthelines.blogspot.co.uk/
His photography can be seen here: http://jimyoung14.blogspot.co.uk/
Jim has also written a biography of his childhood in the Lower Swansea Valley: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Growing-Lower-Swansea-Valley-Memoirs/dp/1530977746
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