My first walk in the fields today, in Spring sunshine. How things have changed in the month when my back has confined me to lane walks. On the beck the marsh marigolds are coming into bloom and along the bank, here and there, lesser celandine open to the sunshine.
In the hedges the catkins are shaking their pollen - in places it lies thick on the ground. The rabbits that have survived our bitter winter are now fat and healthy and - judging by the way the dogs have their noses down rabbit holes - there are baby rabbits down there.
In the garden the snowdrops are now a faded white and in their place are drifts of crocus - my favourite are the purple and white striped ones and the shiny purple ones, both of which always remind me of old fashioned humbug boiled sweets. Do you remember them?
On our walk we set up a pair of mallard on the beck. In the hedges, where Tess likes to squeeze under, blackbirds pepper the stretch, one every thirty yards or so - many with beakfuls of moss and grass - nest building is in serious progress.
Yes, I think Spring has arrived. And with it, an improvement in my back. This is only a short blog as I don;t want to sit too long at the computer. But thank you so much to all of you who have sent me your good wishes and given me suggestions for improving my condition. I really do appreciate it.