The magnolia stellata is looking lovely, with its petal snow around on the bright spring-green grass. And the buds of the wisteria are elongating. I expect we'll see the first purple flowers within the week. When the kids were little we used to have a little competition about now - each tied a piece of coloured cotton around the bud we guessed would be the first to flower.
We haven't had a fire for a week, and last Friday was daffodils-for-cancer day, so it looks like spring is definitely here.
So I thought I'd better get the autumn leaves swept up today.
(This time next year Ann, you and I will be sitting there in the late afternoon sunshine enjoying a glass of something-or-other won't we? I can hardly wait!)