It’s been a long week of work and politics, after our holiday in beautiful Northumberland last week, so I thought it would be nice to welcome in the weekend, though not the next British government (which will take a little longer to arrive), with some images from the gardens at Cragside. Unfortunately I can’t also import the roar of RAF jet fighters practising their low-flying techniques that accompanied my picture-taking – but at least your ears won’t hurt while you enjoy the flowers.

A walk in the woods in Curbridge, with fresh new green leaves and plumes of white hawthorn blossom in the hedgerows.  A dose of Spring on a peaceful Sunday does a weary soul good.

Two weeks ago, we visited Hinton Ampner, a house belonging to the National Trust. The gardens were starting to show signs of spring, like these buds.