Early yesterday I sat up in bed drinking my early morning cup of tea and watching the sun come up. The sky was a picture as the sun tinted the underside of the clouds first a deep red and then, gradually, turned to orange as the sun rose. At that point the rooks flew past - thousands of them - chatting away as they went, quite close to my window. So I had my fill of joy before I even got out of bed.
By the time we had had breakfast the sun was really up and lit up the paddock so beautifully that I had to go out and take a photograph or two for you.
Add to that the fact that my snowdrops and aconites are out and you know that Spring is on its way whatever the weather throws at us.
Today friend W and I are off to M and S at Teesside Park (about an hour away) to have a look round - the first time we have been for about six months - let's hope we get some inspiration for our Spring wardrobes.