Trust Me England isn’t always grey and miserable.

So England gets a bit of a bad rep at times. Grey, dreary, wet, cold and just a bit gloomy. These are mostly things I hear or even say myself when speaking to friends and family back in the motherland.  I mean it is true there is no denying that. Winter albeit cosy indoors is long and grey and god forbid if we have a wet summer- everyone’s  off to the continent for some much-needed vitamin D. Luckily I didn’t move to England for the weather.

But and that’s a very big but – spring in the U.K. is gorgeous.

Wells, Somerset

Where I live in the South West the first signs of spring are the daffodils that seem to pop up everywhere. Little rays of sunshine right there on the side of the road.

Tulips at Montacute House, Somerset

Tulips dominate the garden flower beds in houses, parks and stately home.  Reds, yellows, mixtures of two. Sure it doesn’t compare to the Netherlands but it’s still so beautiful.

Then come the bluebells. We have some in the garden but they are nothing compared to the forests of them that spring up in parts of the UK. I saw my first bluebell forest this weekend and it was magical. Mother Nature is one sassy lady for creating a carpet of bluebells. The bluey /purple colour is so vibrant and against the green tree leaves it’s just like you are in a fairy den.

My friends beautiful little girl playing in the bluebells
Wrington Blue Bells , Somerset

As the bluebells start to fade the fields here start to turn bright yellow. Like the sun rays dropped out over the crops. Rapeseed fields dominate the landscape. I can’t stop smiling when I see these patches of golden yellow. I drive past many on my daily commute and they always, without fail put me in a good mood.

Rapeseed Field Somerton, Somerset

The spring colours are one of many surprising things I’ve discovered living in the UK. To be honest it may be the same back in Aus but I’ve just never really stopped to appreciate it. Which I guess most people do when they are caught up in day to day life and the familiar surroundings.

So if you find yourself in the south-west of the UK this time of year look out for the colours, marvel in the beautiful landscapes, stop the car and walk amongst the flowers and above all else remember England’s not always grey and dreary.

Appreciating the spring glory was inspired by reading Suzanneโ€™s post here take a look at her beautiful photographs and wonderful words.

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46 thoughts on “Trust Me England isn’t always grey and miserable.”

      1. We have dependants in the form of two dogs and a rental car that doesn’t like dog hairs ๐Ÿ™‚ Then after here it’s up north to our next housesit! Enough around here to see at the moment. One day ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. I agree completely! I LOVE walking around the UK in the springtime (and in the summer with all the lush greens!)

    Those are lovely bluebell piccies. It can be so hard to take a good photo of the purple carpeted prettiness!

  2. Spring is my favourite time of the year! The woods right next to my house sprout hundreds of bluebells every spring and I never get tired of riding my horse through the endless sea of purple!… Also your daughter is so precious! Great post ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. YES! Let’s here it for British weather! The UK is stunning in Spring and Autumn. Totally worth putting up with the “odd” but of rain for.

  4. I’ve always thought it looked really beautiful there! I would love to go there during the spring or summer seasons.

  5. So pretty! England is on my bucket list! That field of bluebells is magical!

  6. Beautiful bluebells, rapeseeds and tulips pictures. It’s my goal in life to take a trip over to England.

  7. okay, you have officially sold me on England in the spring (even though I was already on board) ๐Ÿ™‚ haha… but those pictures! I love the tulips but especially your friends daughter in the blue bells. SO gorgeous!!! I myself went last week to the botanical Gardens to see massive rows and rows of daffodils and it was similar to these, such a gorgeous sight!!!! Certainly makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, amazing how flowers can do that to your mind ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx Bee

  8. Nothing, but nothing makes me ache for Britain like bluebells do. What a lovely post and how wonderful to see English Spring with virgin eyes ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. This was so much like our road trip on Monday, we too stopped to photograph the Rapeseed and in the forest the bluebells.
    Our garden in awash with them and primroses, liklte flashes if colour against the mossy green ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. My husband is in love with English bluebells because they’re in a scene in Excaliber. So he ordered some from a British company and planted them here in North Carolina. They’re (not surprisingly) struggling to cope with the hideous summers here and aren’t spreading out like he’d hoped, but they’re hanging in there. Your friend’s daughter is so cute!

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