|Wood anemones turn their back on the cold weather|
|Late daffs along our local stream|
|To echo the season, we took a minimalist approach to Easter decor|
But at least the sun came out this week, even if temperatures have stayed at 2-3C. On Good Friday we headed down to Mount Usher gardens, where a friend treated us to lunch (thanks BL!), and we were delighted to see a goldcrest flitting through the bushes outside the window of the restaurant. It's a gorgeous little bird--our smallest apparently (smaller than the wren even)--and its big dark eyes and gold crest are unmistakable. I don't remember seeing one before, but they're common. Like wrens their shyness and diminutive size keep them out of our sight I suppose. A post-prandial promenade in Bray meant braving the bracing winds, but at least there was blue sky over the choppy sea.
|Easterly winds keep Easter cold (the view from Bray back to Dalkey and Howth)|
|A magpie catches the evening sunlight in the back garden|
A busy week didn't leave too much time for drawing, but sketching a Muscari was fun. Lord but paint is hard though ...
|Muscari sketches, pencil and watercolour|
|Eh... spot the schnauzer? (Alright then, spot the scillas)|