Well thank you everyone. It is a pouring wet day here - heavy rain forecast for the next few days, followed by heavy snowfall. The ground is already saturated and the becks are full to bursting with snowmelt from the Moors above us. So what happens over the next few days is quite crucial. So it will be good to just look through what you all very kindly wrote yesterday as your Harbingers of Spring. Just reading through the list makes my heart lift a little - hope it does the same for you:
Here in the UK
Spring bulbs poking through the ground.
The first daffodil. forsythia and crocus - and the preponderence of the colour yellow - surely the colour of Spring.
Tadpoles appearing in the ponds.
The arrival of the chiff chaffs - although some apparently stay here all year with climate change (they'll have a shock this week).
And Tom points out that a doctor told him that sputum becomes cleaner as Spring progresses (not sure we wish to know that).
In Canada and the US
A lot of you spoke of the arrival of Summer birds - the Cranes feature heavily as did the robins (much bigger than ours) and the blackbirds
The piping up of the frogs.
The first Spring flowers.
The smell of the Aspen woods.
The last leaves on the trees being pushed off by the arrival of the new ones.
Migrating geese going South.
A softness in the air
The quality of the light and the arrival of birdsong.
Cherry blossom in bud.
The arrival of martins and swifts
First cuckoo call.
Arrival of lapwings, geese and coltsfoot (Sweden)
Now, don't you feel a bit better reading through that regardless of the awful weather outside? Have a good day.