I made a mental note of where the huge logpile was for possible Winter firewood foraging raids*.
We went with some friends and their charming dog.
There are little tiny white wood anemones mixed in with the bluebells, very pretty.
Beech trees in Spring leaf. I love that colour green.
We saw a tree with a woodpecker's hole.
I do love how the colour of bluebells changes from the single flower, where it looks quite dark, to the huge swathe, where it is much paler. Why is that?
It was all very pretty, and once again made me profoundly glad that I live here.
Other news: I've been really poorly with a hideous stomach bug for the best part of a week. It laid me low for 48 hours, seemed to go away, then came back with a vengeance again for another 48 hours. Today is the first day in several that I feel like myself again.
Yesterday - our wedding anniversary as it happens, 17 years, not that I'm counting or anything - I spent almost the entire day either laying on the bed with a fleecy blanket over me, sipping water and feeling dreadful, or curled up under the duvet, glaring at Grand Designs on TV with one squinty, tired, red eye.
So yeah, that was all a bit pants. On the bright side, Mr WithaY gave me the most beautiful bouquet of flowers** which was a lovely surprise.
Also, I made a few enquiries about selling my Rickenbacker. I seldom play it, and I was sat here the other day thinking "I need more room in here to do my sewing. There are just too many guitars, dammit."
From there it was a short step to ringing a well-known guitar emporium and asking how much a second-hand Rickenbacker 620 12-string would go for.
If you look at the Rickenbacker website, there are no prices listed, as they have a mega waiting list for their guitars. Anything up to (and beyond) 2 years is not uncommon. If you order a guitar from them, you pay them what the price is WHEN IT IS DELIVERED, not when you order it. So in 2 years it could have gone up a fair bit.
If you look on eBay, the average asking price for a guitar the same as mine is about £1500.
If you look at guitar shop websites, expect to pay anything from £1450 to £1750.
So imagine my chagrin when I was told that the retail price for a Rickenbacker 620 12-string is "about £900. So we'd offer you about £600 for it."
Their reasoning for this very low offer is that "the demand for Rickenbackers has dropped way down because of the waiting time."
I think I'll hang onto it for now, thanks.
Anyway, to end on a cheerful Spring note, here is some May in flower. The hedges round here are full of it.
*If I actually tried thieving any of the Longleat Estate's wood, I reckon I'd be thrown to the lions.
**For our anniversary, not because I had a hideous stomach bug. He tends not to celebrate outbreaks of the shits.