first harbinger of spring

as I opened the window this morning it was evident that spring is not far in coming. There is a sweetness in the air, the birds have dug out their songbook with chipper tunes, and when I go outside spring flowers have pushed up through the earth seemingly overnight.

A lovely time of year, this early ‘not quite there yet’ time between winter and true spring where anything is still possible; there might be snow tomorrow, but today, ah today, the first bee is busy flying from one crocus to the next, the sun is warm on my face, and my legs carry me to the still dormant vegetable garden. My blood starts to hum – soon, soon . . .

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