Thursday Doors – Spring Fever

A carpet of bluebells.

Thursday Doors this week has a touch of Spring Fever about it. Sorry if you’re not into nature but I couldn’t resist capturing all the new life that emerges at this time of year. So, as this is supposed to be a post about doors, let’s kick off with one.

The Gaffer sniffing the spring air

I know it’s only a car door but look who’s behind it, looking like the top dog he is. Cautious as ever, he takes a few sniffs to check out the territory.

Hey there! What’s your hurry?

There was so much evidence of new growth, it was hard not to stop at every cluster of flowers and foliage but Mr. R. was here for a spot of exercise and was not inclined to admire every little blossom and bud. I had a good workout catching up with him, though – so did The Gaffer, who wanted to pee on every little blossom and bud.

Walking along the lake shore we came across something we have never seen on such a massive scale – thousands of dead snails lining the pathway. We’ve seen snail shells on shores before (that’s a bit of a tongue-twister) but usually they are clustered here and there.

To put my mind at rest, so to speak, I looked up what could have caused such a catastrophe in the world of shelled gastropods (Google to the rescue). Well, we can blame our lovely weather last summer, in a roundabout way. When conditions are favourable, water snails breed prolifically and so, when they live out their lifespan, they die prolifically too. Last year we had a prolific amount of sunshine in Ireland. Most wildlife deaths are hidden, as they decompose or get eaten by other creatures. Water snails have hard shells that float and can end up carpeting the shoreline – not half as pretty as that carpet of bluebells we had just passed by.

The Gaffer, wishing he wasn’t stuck with the Thursday Doors fanatic.
“I think it’s pushing it a bit to call this a door,” says The Gaffer.
Now, that’s a door. Two, in fact.
The shed at the end of the garden – with a view of the lake.
A horse of a different colour

I hope you enjoyed our lakeside stroll this week, thanks so much for your company. There are lots of interesting Thursday Doors over on Norm’s blog, with links in the comments at the end of his post.


About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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23 Responses to Thursday Doors – Spring Fever

  1. sydspix says:

    Love the nature images – looks like summer is just around the corner!

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  3. Junieper2 says:

    It’s before 3 pm here, so there’s still a chance for you to be up:):) I LOVE nature, including flowers. Your furl of the fern looks interesting:) And you even found a few doors! so, with all these flowers blooming, the weather must be mild?

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  4. Easy to see from that car photo who rules the roost. πŸ™‚ I loved the walk along the lake, the sort of place I walk here.


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  5. Hehe, I like pushing it a bit. And I like it how you put words in his mouth. πŸ˜€ I like doing it too to mine. But this: “Sorry if you’re not into nature”? Shame on them, not sorry! πŸ˜‰

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  6. Jennie says:

    I love spring fever. Lovely photos!

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  7. Norm 2.0 says:

    Love the first shot. He looks like a typical backseat driver. I’m sure he thinks he’s in charge πŸ˜‰
    The horse in that last shot is so beautiful. Happy spring Jean!

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  8. joey says:

    I did so enjoy the lakeside stroll, thank you! The Gaffer is darling as ever. What a lovely place. Unless you’re a snail, I suppose. Although, maybe it was YOLO for the snails and they lived it up!

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  9. Lovely stroll. I’ve never seen snails like that, but last spring we had roadways littered with dead squirrels because they had bred two families the previous season instead of one. We could have used snowplows to move them off the roads there were so many.

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  10. slfinnell says:

    We’ve been enjoying this spring as well with some strolls in different areas. Easy to get bored with the same old trail. Glad you shared your spring views πŸ™‚

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  11. I love finding new trails to walk and since we’ve only lived in this region for two years, there’s lots more for us to explore.


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