You could have fooled me. Insert Winter for Summer and you would be nearer the mark. We all religiously put our clocks forward here in the UK last night but nobody told the weather. There is a strong North wind blowing and there are flurries of snow now and again. Even Spring would be an overstatement.
Being here in self isolation we are allowed one short walk each day. I feel it is important to take advantage of that even though I don't always feel like it. And, true to form, I put on hat, coat and gloves and ventured round the block with Percy. And golly did I feel better for it. Sadly I had a call from Australia whilst I was out and there is no way I can phone back because I don't know the number (or the time difference: I don't wish to ring in the middle of the night). J, who made the call, sent me an e mail instead.
My God-daughter also rang and we had a lovely chat - it is things like this that keep the world turning in times of crisis. I am sure it will all be over one day but at present that day seems a long way away.
I smiled to myself earlier this afternoon when I opened my wardrobe to take out my topcoat for my walk. Usually at this time of the year - on or about the first day of Spring - I begin to look critically at my wardrobe and think about what I might buy for Spring and Summer (and try to resist buying most of it). But this year - in self isolation - there is not a lot of point is there? If there are to be no lunches out in the foreseeable future, no outings with friends, no call to get 'dressed up' then it would be a waste of time. Is there anyone out there who would actually buy new Spring clothes just to wear at home on one's own.
Well, in spite of it all, on my walk I saw hazel catkins, the silver birch buds are beginning to burst and the hawthorn is coming into leaf. All is going to be right with the world one day. Oh! and I saw my first clump of Lenten roses too.
January 4, 2023: With gratitude to Rebecca Solnit / Reruns from January 30, 31 and February 1, 2, 3, 4, 2007: Mona Lisa and the Clown and the Cool Rain of the Law (1985), Woman Trying to Remember What She is Trying to Forget (1986), Painting in America (1986), Full Moon, Chair and Planter Rising (1986), Church of the Holy Contradiction, and Untitled Scene (1986)