A Spring(?)Picnic

Happy Spring Equinox! (Or Autumnal Equinox to those in the southern hemisphere!)

The other day the sun was shining and despite a few flurrries of snow on and off we decided to brave the chill wind and go for a walk in the woods. The black clouds ahead of us did not bode well, and no sooner had we arrived at our parking spot it started to sleet, snow, hail and blow from the north-east. Brrr! But we had our picnic with us, so we persevered!

Now this looks a nice spot for a Spring picnic… and the sun is trying to come out.

Spring Picnic

And a little walk afterwards.

Dreaming of paddling here in summer.

Maybe bring the hammocks?

Summer will come again soon enough, and I shall then be lamenting the heat and lack of rain. πŸ˜‰ So I will patiently wait for warmer days forecast for the end of the month. March came in like a lion, so I am hopeful!

Have you had picnic weather yet? πŸ˜‰

56 thoughts on “A Spring(?)Picnic

  1. A chilly picnic, but it is always good to be out in the fresh air. We still have lots of crusty snow and ice on the paths, but a warming trend this week is going to melt that quickly. Snowdrops are up where the ground is bare (designed with that in mind) and a few sprigs of narcissus are poking through. I have a feeling it is all going to come on in a rush and I’ll be in a panic of activity! πŸ˜‰

    • Well, once we were walking it seemed a shame to turn around and go back to the car! It stopped completely once we had drunk our coffee and the sprinkling of snow made everything rather pretty. πŸ˜‰

  2. Looks a bit chilly, hope you had some hot soup with you! It must have been nice to get out in the fresh air though, I hope your snow didn’t last long.

    • Hi Pauline. We had a cup of hot coffee and I was glad of it to warm my fingers! We woke up to snow again yesterday, but most of it has melted again. Still only just above freezing though!

  3. Your picnic looks grand for the day. Yes, we have had some most pleasant days. Next week we will be fooled into a spring lull. All daytime highs in the 60’sF.

    • We should finally get some temperatures like that by the end of the week too. I think the few mild days we had in February have made us more senitive to this renewed cold spell!

  4. No picnic weather yet here Cathy. Yesterday saw a touch of spring like weather but today has reverted back to winter mode despite the equinox – it has been overcast with a cool north westerly wind. I think that all snow is behind us but you never know πŸ˜‚ A most happy spring to you and here’s to picnicking in warmer weather soon.

    • Yes, next time we picnic we my feel like lingering a bit longer. πŸ˜‰ We have had snow at Easter before now, but I am hoping this will be the last of it!

  5. Picnic weather? Most weather is good ‘enough’ for a picnic. I know it can get unpleasantly cold, or unpleasantly warm to be out where there is no shade; but where the weather can be boring, we sometimes picnic when it gets interesting. Those big shade umbrellas work as well for keeping the rain off over a small table. The first rain of the season is such a major event that some people picnic under such an umbrella or out on a porch.

    • You are right Tony. I have picnicked in the car when the wind was too strong, and in the living room once when the weather was just too wet but the food had already been made. And you can always find a way to enjoy it whatever the weather! I can imagine a picnic is quite a celebration in your part of the world when the first rain of the season arrives!

  6. What a nice woods to go for a walk through, and will the stream have enough water in summer for a paddle? I’m sure you’ll fid a way!
    I think the problem is your Christmas tablecloth, you should have brought the Easter one πŸ˜‰ Enjoy your first week of spring!

    • Oh yes, the tablecloth was actually a dishcloth I grabbed as we were leaving home to wrap round our cups! The stream should have enough water all year, as even the brook near our garden has enough for paddling in summer, but we will see. πŸ˜‰ I’ll report back!

  7. Cathy, your picnic is wonderful and brave, in a privileged place: that magnificent forest, I love it. I love that you had hot coffee β˜• to warm up and that the sun came out 🌞 and that it stopped snowing. The river is beautiful and you will have time to row. Your elΓ©boros are divine and have a lovely color, I love them. I hope it stops snowing or just a slight snowfall falls that disappears in a short time: I wish you have good weather. Have many more picnics. Have a nice week. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita πŸ˜€πŸ˜˜πŸ€—πŸŒ·

    • Thank you Margarita! The last day or so it has warmed up a little and the forecast is definitely looking more like Spring. πŸ˜ƒπŸπŸŒ·

    • Well, when we left home it was still sunny although we could see the black clouds ahead, so it was not really our intention to picnic in the snow! LOL!

  8. What a lovely idea to bring us along on your picnic, Cathy! Like you I know that I’ll long for rain before too long so shan’t complain now. Those hellebores look stunning. We’ve had picnic weather already but are having a pretty chilly spell at present. From tomorrow on it’ll pick up and most of all: the wind will ease which will make all the difference.

    • It has finally turned milder here Annette, and we are getting geared up for some long days in the garden at last… wood is ordered for the new compost bins and vegetable beds, so we will have plenty to do. πŸ˜ƒ Yes, let’s hope that wind stays at bay. πŸ˜ƒπŸπŸŒ·

  9. I always admire the resilience of people who live in icy-cold climates! It must be a magical time of year though, watching the earth “spring” alive with greenery and colour. What’s a touch of cold weather compared to an adventure anyway. πŸ˜‰

    • It has warmed up Joanne, and there is indeed magic going on with shoots appearing out the ground by the day (hour/minute?!). I wasn’t feeling resilient the last couple of weeks and am really ready for some warmer temperatures now! πŸ˜ƒ

    • We were a week too early with our picnic as it is really sunny and warm today… there will be less time for walks in the woods now the gardening season has opened though. πŸ˜‰

  10. The photos do tell me it was pretty cold for a picnic, but I love the idea! I can understand the desire to get outdoors and begin to celebrate the changes. It’s still a little chilly here in California, but of course, that sounds silly when compared with snow on the ground. My birthday was the first day of Spring, Cathy, so I always think for me, a gardening enthusiast, that is just a special coincidence! πŸ™‚

    • Many happy returns Debra! We had a few really warm days this week and it was so good to be outdoors without layers and layers of clothes on! LOL!

      • Thank you, Cathy! We are going to be almost summer hot today, which is enjoyable to me, but really confuses my garden! I almost don’t know what to do with it. LOL!

  11. What a lovely day! We’re quite spoiled with our weather, so I won’t bore you with the number of mild, warm days in California. We’re spoiled, I know. Like you, I’ll be missing the cooler temps soon enough. We’ve had another dry winter, with little chance of catching up this late in the season.

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