Here, in a small village, particularly one with a monthly coffee morning which is very well attended, I know almost everyone. Thus it was this morning that I heard two pieces of sad news - one that a figure well known in the area (and far too young) had died yesterday and the other that a friend had cancer.
So today I am posting a 'cheering up' post. It is a lovely sunny day - quite different from last Saturday when there was a strong cold breeze and there was snow lying on the ground. Our front garden is walled and faces due South, so before my after-dinner walk I went into the garden with my camera and was heartened to see just how much was growing. There were snowdrops, aconites, soldiers and sailors, one tiny rosebud, a hellebore argutifolius and the big fat buds of the Lenten Rose. Then on my walk I took a photograph of a half-grown rabbit sunning himself in the hedgeback.
I have no doubt that there will be more Winter to come - we don't get off that lightly - but just for now let's all enjoy the signs and think about our blessings. Have a good weekend.