One day of sunshine (today) and one sees the world through totally different eyes. Our farmhouse faces due South and has large windows, so if the sun is out, even in the depths of Winter, the whole house is suffused with light and soon warms up.
Sitting here at the computer in a shaft of bright Spring sunlight (alright, it is still Winter but only for three more weeks) I got to musing about people and where they live.
I began to wonder why people thousands of years ago, chose to settle in such cold, inhospitable places. Once twenty eight years ago, I went to Almaty in Kazakhstan and we arrived there (in a party because it was still the Soviet Union in those days and you couldn't travel any other way) quite late at night. The temperature was minus forty and a thick film of ice covered every surface.
At least in the Summer they got hot weather, because there were acres of apricot trees -and in Winter the population wrapped up well.
But really some people do live in the most in hospitable places. Now they are indigenous to that area and have learned to adapt, but thousands of years ago they must have chosen to live there - and I wonder why they didn't just move on, following the sun.
I went to see friend, M, yesterday. Her house also faces due South, so she will be revelling in sunlight today too. And not only she, because her front garden is full of species crocus, all up and ready to burst into bloom when the sun arrives. If I were to pop in this morning the garden would be a riot of purple I have no doubt.
People, like flowers, open up when the sun shines.
The fields are drying up nicely. Yesterday the farmer was able to fill in the potholes in our muddy track down the pasture, so he will not need his wellies so much when feeding the sheep in future.
Any day now our hedge-cutter will arrive to trim our hedges - time is quickly running out for him as it is not only us that get chirpy when the sun comes out - the birds do too, in more ways than one!