It's taken a long time for spring to appear this year. I know we seem to say that quite often, but I think this year it is actually true. The air temperature is still quite chilly. Yes, I know I live in northeast Scotland, but it is generally warmer than 10 degrees by the end of May! In turn, this has meant that the trees are not all yet in leaf; I noticed some ask trees only just producing their leaves while out and about in the countryside yesterday. The oil seed rape is flowering though, as are the broom and the gorse. Big splashes of yellow have appeared among the brightest greens. I love this time of year, when the new leaves are fresh and light; acidic, yellow-greens.
I spent a lovely day at Monymusk Arts Centre yesterday - it was the opening day of the season. We were blessed with a dry sunny day, but there was still a chill wind. I was glad I had heeded my upbringing and brought some extra layers to put on! I did some painting out in front of the centre; a marquee had been set up for myself and some crafters who were demonstrating beadwork, wool spinning and card-making. There was also a lovely array of homebakes and face-painting for the children. Inside the hall saw the opening of a joint exhibition by artists Val Thomson and Helen Forrest, the first of a series to be held there this summer. I will be having a solo show there in July (11th-24th). A wide range of crafts are on display (and for sale, of course) in the hall - including quirky decorated tea-lights, knitting kits, knitted work, wooden placemats and coasters, and a wide range of greetings cards. The centre is open Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 4pm until 21st September. I will be there all day on Wednesday 15th July and from 1pm-4pm on Friday 24th July. Hope to see you there! The photos above are ones I took on my way home from Monymusk yesterday.