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Hi everyone!
I thought now that the weather has really improved it was time for another walk in ‘my park’! The last time we visited it looked like this but thankfully we have moved on to better weather.

As you can see though the swans are still happy to see the human visitors!

I just love the light you get at his time of year when it’s a lovely clear day.

Catkins – a sure sign of spring!

I never tire of looking at the silhouette of ‘the castle’.

There are little clumps of crocuses everywhere. On the banks of the lake…..

…..and round the trunks of the trees.

Last week on one day we had 15 deg C, which for this time of year is lovely. Now the weather is still very beautiful but the temperatures have dropped a little so I may well still have need for this…..

…..my aran scarf, which was the project for my knitting workshop with Debbie Abrahams this past weekend. It is made in Rowan’s British Sheep Breeds Chunky undyed yarn and very lovely it is too. It’s very soft and not at all itchy and scratchy as you might expect from 100% pure wool. The purpose of the workshop was to knit completely from a chart with no written instructions at all, lots of concentration was needed.

It was a great day, knitting with 15 other like-minded people, not having to get up to answer a phone, make a meal, sort the washing and ironing or dust and hoover, just knitting and more knitting with a little bit of craft shopping thrown in!! Bliss! 🙂

I’ll leave you with two more little ‘pretties’ from the park!

I hope wherever you are, you too can enjoy a little sunshine today and in the coming week and as always, thanks for dropping in! 🙂

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Jill February 28, 2011 - 2:14 pm

Spring – it’s busting out all over Vivienne :0)
Check out all those beautiful, majestic swans – so, so graceful.
What’s this about knitting just by a chart business?????? I’m so not at that level yet – hee hee! I’ve only just learned to ‘cable’ (badly)!
I’m so chuffed that you enjoyed your workshop – your Aran scarf looks really pretty. I love the nature colour of the wool.

Joanne February 28, 2011 - 2:18 pm

What lovely photo’s. Isn’t lovely to see the first signs that spring is certainly on it’s way.
It’s cold here today but dry just perfect for this time of year.

Enjoy your week


Jenny February 28, 2011 - 2:30 pm

Perfect spring photos – love the swans, they look so majestic all together, though in real life, swans actually scare me a little… Think it is those big beaks! haha! Lovely scarf too, you definitely need that today, it’s gone chilly again! xxx

julie February 28, 2011 - 2:36 pm

Gorgeous pictures Vivienne – it’s so lovely to see signs of spring popping up everywhere and your park is looking rather beautiful in it’s early spring attire. What a lovely aran scarf – though sounds a bit of a challenge to work solely from charts – whenever I do that I usually loose track of my row numbers and end up having to unpick several rows! It sounds like you had a perfect day knitting and craft shopping – it doesn’t get much better than that in my book!

Mia February 28, 2011 - 3:45 pm

What a lovely post, Viv! You seem to have gorgeous spring, no rain? The swans look wonderful, too! And your knitting is beautiful, the scarf looks spectacular (yet quite complicated!!), great work!

Have a happy and sunny week, my dear friend!


Jane February 28, 2011 - 3:47 pm

Thank you for the latest visit to Your Park Vivienne, it’s so good to see the changing seasons and I remember how cold it was last year…glad all our snow is behind us.Your photos are beautiful. I am glad your enjoyed your knitting masterclass, there is nothing like a day of craft with no interruptions.
Have a good week, yes it’s chilly again but it’s March tomorrow so there is lots to look forward to,
Jane x

simone February 28, 2011 - 3:49 pm

Thank you for the sunshine and flowers Viv! It is so very unspringlike here. It is so cold and wet and grey! I hope March is more promising! x

Liz in Missouri, USA February 28, 2011 - 4:29 pm

Beautiful! I love swans. I love your park. I’m clinging to the flowers. In in the central US Spring is inching it’s way in ever so slowly. The flowers are only just barely sticking their noses up and the grass remains brown and crunchy underfoot. But soon —- soon. ~~~sigh~~~

nina - tabiboo February 28, 2011 - 6:25 pm

Gorgeous pictures – things are moving.

Nina x

Helen Philipps February 28, 2011 - 7:40 pm

Such a lovely post – I love your spring park! So much to see, and the swans are beautiful. I loved all the spring flower pictures. The knitting looks gorgeous – I’ve only ever knitted colour patterns from a chart, like cross stitch in effect – have never done a pattern from a diagram. You look as if you took to it very quickly! Hope you have a happy spring week Vivienne!
Helen x

Hannah February 28, 2011 - 7:50 pm

I love swans! Theyre always so elegant! Your park looks lovley, and so does your scarf!!

dutch sisters February 28, 2011 - 8:44 pm

Love this post, love the swans! It’s great to see the young swans who almost have their adult look!

faith76 February 28, 2011 - 9:09 pm

Wow how many swans! They are beautiful – never seen so many together before! 🙂 The scarf looks complicated to knit up but you’ve done a very good job. Enjoy your week.

harmony and rosie February 28, 2011 - 10:24 pm

Ooh, lovely scarf it looks very professional and the colour blends in nicely with your other photos too!

(I sent it today!!) x

Pam February 28, 2011 - 10:54 pm

The scarf looks really good Vivienne – as does the park. I love this time of year – on the brink, full of anticipation.
P x

tinajo March 1, 2011 - 7:43 am

Looks absolutely wonderful – oooh I get so frustrated! It´s march 1:st and no darn spring in sight here! 🙁

Emma Angel March 1, 2011 - 12:03 pm

It feels so good to know that spring is finally coming.
Your knitting looks lovely. I also love the pink yarn in the last post.

Gem March 1, 2011 - 10:33 pm

Wow, I love the sound of your knitting workshop. The pattern is stunning! Well worth the concentration 🙂

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