Yesterday was Springtime.

I know this because a butterfly told me.

It was the first butterfly we’ve seen in the garden this year.

The battered condition of this Small Tortoiseshell is a testament to its having survived the winter.

I suspect that today it has gone back into whatever warm place it likes to call home.

Small Tortoiseshell butterfly garden 2017 Lancashire

First Butterfly of 2017 ©HelenBushe



We went into Preston for lunch and, as it was such a nice day, we parked down by the river and walked up through Miller and Avenham Parks into town.

Avenham and Miller Park Preston

Spot the Poppy ©HelenBushe


Japanese Gardens Preston Avenham Miller park springtime spring

Japanese Gardens ©HelenBushe


Springtime spring Avenham Miller park Preston

Pink Blossom ©HelenBushe


Warm enough to sit in the sun:

 But not warm enough for me to discard winter woollens just yet.

(Current weather here right now is: wind, heavy rain, chilly, i.e. WINTER)

I know that a lot of us bloggers in the northern hemisphere are awaiting springtime.

The one who instantly comes to mind is Liz at  Dot Knows!   Why not pay her a visit at

Her blog promises:

Fab photos, witty asides and light hearted humour….

If you enjoy wildlife, blue skies and general joie de vivre, you won’t be disappointed.



Inger · 19 March 2017 at 14:32

How wonderful to see these signs of spring! It is snowing here today and I am getting very ready for spring to arrive. And yes – I did spot the poppy!

    HMB · 19 March 2017 at 14:33

    Well done spotting poppy. You win the mystery prize!

jacquelineobyikocha · 18 March 2017 at 09:48

What picturesque scenery. That garden would keep my attention for a good while.

    HMB · 18 March 2017 at 09:51

    Thank you. It’s always a nice walk into town.

Amy · 17 March 2017 at 13:08

Beautiful butterfly capture, Helen! Love your smile, I’m smiling with you. 🙂

    HMB · 17 March 2017 at 13:32

    Thank you Amy. You’re very kind.

    HMB · 17 March 2017 at 17:41

    Thanks Amy.

Arkenaten · 16 March 2017 at 21:46

Tish, down south in Much Wenlock, was celebrating a bit of glorious sunshine yesterday. Today she was pleading for me to send a bit of Jo’burg sunshine her way on behalf of her seeds!
Aaah … good old English weather!

    HMB · 16 March 2017 at 21:55

    Yip! Only 3 seasons in the last 24 hours. I’ll check out the link.

bushboy · 16 March 2017 at 21:13

The photos in the park are so lovely. It’s great to be an insect chaser. Such rewards are worth it. 🙂

    HMB · 16 March 2017 at 21:55

    Thanks. Yes, I love insects.

conspicari · 16 March 2017 at 20:53

What a lovely looking park. Weather the same here in the midlands, spent the day in the garden yesterday, spent the day indoors today. :>)

    HMB · 16 March 2017 at 21:56

    Thanks for commenting. Looks like a washout of a weekend ahead.

elleturner4 · 16 March 2017 at 19:22

What’s your secret…. I have never had a butterfly speak to me! You must let me know! It was so gorgeous yesterday-then today!! Still there are lots of buds ready to burst if they survive the wind etc!
Thanks for the mention-very kind of you.
Great photos

    HMB · 16 March 2017 at 19:25

    All you need to do is listen imaginatively! Your blog is always so sunny ( even in bad weather) that it seemed so appropriate to link to it.

      elleturner4 · 16 March 2017 at 19:56

      I will be all ears from now on! and thanks again

        HMB · 16 March 2017 at 20:02

Susan Gutterman · 16 March 2017 at 16:34

I saw a butterfly in my garden yesterday, too, Helen, but didn’t have my camera in hand.

    HMB · 16 March 2017 at 16:44

    Hi Susan. I’d seen some bees and had camera ready on off-chance of butterfly. Roll on real spring weather.

I'm always pleased to read comments.....

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