Initially, we gave our young parakeets, Nikki & Hansi, flying lessons in our upstairs bathroom – holding separate perches and gradually increasing the distance between them until they were flying on their own in circles around the room.
Eventually, Nikki & Hansi were such capable avian aviators, that we frequently let them out of their cage in the dining room to fly at will around the room – which we kept spotlessly clean.
Nikki & Hansi’s cage sat beside our dining room’s northwest facing window, which never received direct or intense sunlight – allowing them to watch the wild birds in our backyard all day long while the curtains were open.
Our clematis vine began opening its first pink flowers of the year, as I guided it along a series of lead wires, suspended away from the exterior house walls in order to train it in the directions I wanted this beautiful vine to grow along our roofline.
Spring was in full bloom at our home we named Meadow View Cottage in Bridge Street Hamlet – enjoying the Mediterranean, ‘micro climate’ the bricks in our courtyard created as they warmed up in the sun – just beyond are the remnants of the, ‘old road’ layby and the historic little, thatched roof Blacksmith’s Cottage, just across the A134 Highway.
Ickworth House has acres of formal Italianat gardens, parkland and woodland belonging to the estate, and I took this photo of a peaceful, pastoral landscape scene of sheep grazing in an idyllic meadow while visiting the grounds of Ickworth House.