Monday, May 11, 2009

Spectacularly spectacular or Where is Mr. Roget when I need him?

Springtime in England is…spectacular. You knew I was going to say that didn’t you? If you read my blog you already know how I feel about the English countryside. You may also find yourself thinking I overuse the word spectacular but I promise you I’ve tried to come up with a better word and there just isn’t one.

Yesterday my husband and I drove thru the little town beside’s called Denham Village and it oozes charm and is home to one of the most magnificent wisteria vines I’ve ever seen. (And also a fantastic Italian restaurant but that would be another post).

The actor John Mills (Hayley’s dad) used to live here. I know this because they have conveniently posted a small blue plaque right on the house. I mean cottage…this definitely qualifies as a cottage I think. All around the UK you will find these small blue plaques that let you know if something significant occurred where you are standing. It may have been home to someone famous (or notorious) or some noteworthy event happened right where your feet are.
This wisteria vine is old as in old old with a huge thick trunk. It seems to go on forever.

And speaking of spectacular (and it seems I always am) the bluebells are in bloom here right now and I am not the only person who uses the word spectacular to describe them.

They cover the ground like a carpet and are one of the prettiest things I’ve ever seen.

Oh, and have I mentioned that the rapeseed is also in full bloom here at the moment?


Going to find my thesaurus now….you’re welcome.


  1. Joyce,

    How was your Mother's Day? I have yet to read your post about it... I promise I will. :-)

    Your pictures are gorgeous! Or should I say they're spectacular? They truly are. You and your hubby are so much fun, taking all of these trips to enjoy the beauty of God's splendor and to simply enjoy each other's company. I love it! It's a great testament to marriage.

    Have a wonderful week!

  2. Spectacular is a good word for what you've shown us. We have some pretty good stands of wisteria along the highway near my house. It's long gone by now, but at least a late frost didn't get it this year as it does sometimes.

  3. I love wisteria! Your pictures are spectacular. I always enjoy so much seeing your pictures of the UK countryside. Glad you had a nice weekend and I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day even though your girls weren't there. Love & blessings from NC!

  4. Spectacular, that's what the pictures are, spectacular. We are beginning to enjoy the beautiful blooming vines, bushes, and trees here too. I love spring, don't you? Oh, btw, you don't need to change the word at all! Spectacular, love it!