Yes, you can smell it in the air today. Alright, there is a chill breeze blowing but the sky is blue, the sun is shining and everything is beginning to wake up.
I decided that the weather was good enough for me to take Tess for her lunch time short walk. We went up the lane and down the pasture. This 'cam' (a local word which means a hedge which because of various tree falls etc. has just become a line suggesting where there might have been a hedge at one time) cuts across the pasture. It was once three small fields but is now one large one delineated by these ancient cams. This one is a mixture of old hawthorns, an ash tree and a couple of crab apples.
I stopped when we got to the large manure heap put there last week when the farmer cleaned out the over-wintering in-calf cattle. It will stay there now 'maturing' until the land is dry enough for it to be spread. I must say that judging by the state of the grass today (very wet and muddy) it will not be any time soon.
In the distance the village lies over the fields, perhaps a mile round by the road but only three fields away - or a very short distance as the crow flies. (and there are plenty of them about).
By the back door the primroses definitely think it is Spring.