7 May 2018

Edgeways

When I went out for my walk on Saturday, I parked in the grounds of Whirlowbrook Hall. In front of the old house, I noticed a gorgeous display of yellow flowers. Before setting off on the walk I lay on my belly and took a few pictures.

What was this flower? At first I was not sure but I remembered tulips growing in this particular flowerbed. When I got home I consulted with Google and discovered that they were indeed tulips - opened right up in the hot May sunshine to attract pollinators. It is not how we expect tulips to look is it?
 Several minutes later, as I was climbing up the path out of The Limb Valley and through Bole Hill Plantation I came across new bluebells greeting the springtime. This is my favourite wild flower of all:-
Not far from where I found the dead lamb, I looked across the fields to Castle Dyke Lodge. Although you cannot see this in the picture, it sits next to Ringinglow Road which heads west out of Sheffield towards the moors and Stanage Edge.

I have often thought about this characterful house on the edge of Sheffield because back in 1989 we could have bought it. Financially, it would have pushed us to our limit and it would have still required significant extra investment to bring up to modern standards. Since then it has had a major extension added - to the left.

I guess I waste too much time pondering "might have beens" even though I know that I can never go back. How about you?

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  1. Do you wish you had bought the house?
    There are things from the past that I re-visit but not many. There are things that have worked out very well and at the time I had no idea what a plus it would be.

    I wonder if the tulips will close again or if they will stay open now

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    1. I am sure that those tulips would have closed with the setting sun and re-opened in the morning of the next sunny day.

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  2. I imagine we all have our "might have been...could have been" moments. I know I do, but I try to do my best not to dwell on the negative ones...the past can't be changed...unfortunately, in some instances.

    Yellow is such a happy colour. I love it. And it certainly has lifted and blown away the bleakness of my mood of earlier today - that lingered longer than it had any right to do. :)

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    1. Pleased to have brought a bit of floral colour into your moody morning Lee. Thanks for calling by once more. I would miss you if you stopped visiting.

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    2. I've no intentions of not visiting, Yorkie.

      Yesterday morning, I had to spend time (as little as humanly possible) with a person who annoys the whatsits out of me...he never fails to dampen my mood. I find it very difficult to tolerate fools...so I shall say no more! :)

      Plus a good friend had received some sad news and that saddened me as well.

      All is well in the land of blogging and Puddings. :)

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  3. Oh yes, I often think of a property that came up for sale two years after we married. It's in a place called Tockholes, about 3miles away from our present home. It was a water board property called "Fine Peters farm" I still look at it wistfully but the chance came and we didn't take it.
    No regrets though as we've lived here 35years, so we must like it!

    Your photographs are so good. You have a real talent, as I've said before.
    I'm with you on the bluebells. My favourite wild flower too!

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    1. I must have walked quite close to Tockholes in January when I came over to your neck of the woods Christina. That area west of Darwen seems so pleasant and very rural like The Land That Time Forgot.

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  4. Every single day for the past year and a half, I wake up with a huge sense of regret and I wonder, What if Hillary had won?

    Otherwise I can't say that I spend too much time pondering the times I zigged when maybe I should have zagged. 14 years ago I married exactly the right man for me and it has made all the difference ( which I hate to say -- that seems terribly un-enlightened). The only bit on which I would take a do-over is the starting date of my second career. I wish I had had a stronger sense of what I wanted to do creatively, and had committed myself to it in my 30s, instead of in my 40s.

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  5. Also: thank you for those gorgeous tulip photos. I love tulips and have ever seen them do that!

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    1. I think it is only certain types of tulip that do that Vivian - flaunting themselves with gay abandon like Long Island hussies.

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  6. Hard to regret decisions when everything that we have done has led to where we are now. Well, in my case. The wrong husband gave me the right children and so forth. I do have some deep regrets about a few things but I keep those hidden in my heart.
    What lovely flowers!

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    1. Maybe not regret but wonder - wondering how things might have been if we had made different choices.

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  7. A good friend and professional photographer called this "Wet Belly Photography". I always found it a perfect description. You're to be commended - not only for taking the photos, but for getting back to a standing position afterward!

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    1. Ha-ha! Very wise Mary. Getting up is certainly not done with the springy certainty of youth any more!

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  8. Lots of could have's here. Almost emigrated to Australia but couldn't leave the parents, that's the major one but there's lots more. No regrets though, that's just a waste of today. We've been together 54 years so it couldn't have all been bad could it?
    Briony
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    1. You all come across to me as a glass half full kind of person Briony. Seeing the positives first.

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  9. It is always interesting to think about the "might have beens". However, if you trace life events you often discover many occurances that you cherish would not have happened at all if you had taken a different course. I see life as a big jigsaw puzzle. Early in the puzzle you can't tell much about the whole puzzle but as our life continues we see how the pieces of our decisions fit together for our current lifes.

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    1. I think I lost a couple of pieces of my jigsaw somewhere along the way Bonnie but I think it is an interesting way of picturing life.

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  10. I wouldn't have recognized those flowers as tulips without a closer look either!

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    1. Just certain varieties do that I think Jenny.

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  11. That's a very attractive house.

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    1. Hansel and Gretel live there now.

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  12. Oh I've got a lot of should a's. Now you can sit and imagine what life would have been like if you had bought this house.

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    1. If we had bought that house I would have no doubt been having "should a's" about other houses.

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