Looking back on some of my writings I found this and will share with you.
The weather this year has been cold and wet with getting into Spring/Summer just a few days of warmth. This year the flowers, birds nesting and wild animals are all late but in that February a different story.
A TASTE OF SPRING
After 4 days of being wrapped in a blanket of mist which included drizzle the clouds dispersed, blue sky became visible and once more the sun came out to give a surprisingly warm feel to the air despite it being the end of February, one of the coldest months of the year.
Spirits were lifted to give energy to work, not being lethargic as I had been over the past few days. Time to catch up on chores put off due to the cold spell. It always makes one feel miserable and inclined to put off. Staying in one place, wrapped in blankets to keep warm.
Sheets were changed, washed and hung on the line to dry. Breakfast eaten, dishes washed, and time for the Saturday walk incorporating the morning cappuccino at a local cafe’ in town.
Dressing in a lighter jacket, putting on the red scarf and matching gloves and finally walking boots., I was ready. Spotty watched intently watching as keys, purse and doggy bags went into the shopping bag. She went over to where her lead was hanging and sat while I put it on.
Our walk began in the morning sunshine. On entering the park Daffodils and Crocus were out. The white and pink blossom trees were also in full bloom. A couple of squirrels darted up the tree, away from inquisitive animals. Several dogs with their owners were enjoying this morning too.
Up on the middle pond were a great variety of water fowl swimming. Today we called in at the visitor centre for replacement of our doggy bags, given away free. Their generosity was very, very poor as only 4 were given which is unusual for them.
Spotty stopped to watch the activity on the pond. Two ducks chased each other, being noisy with their wings hitting the water and causing spray.
The workmen, during the week, had been putting in border edges along the paths. Bright orange plastic fencing had been put around the areas they were working on.
It felt like an April Spring day with all the birds singing. Going back down we passed through the memorial gates, an area has also been dedicated to all those who have suffered Cancer. A splash of yellow Daffodils, planted in memory, amongst the green grass, gave an indication of Spring could be just around the corner.
Arriving in town Spotty was tied up in the foyer at Morrison’s. She loves to wait for me as many people will come up and talk to her. Today an elderly gentleman was sitting on the bench and said he would keep an eye on her.
Having picked up the couple of items needed we made our way to the cafe’ in Victoria Gardens. It’s not actually in the gardens itself but on the opposite side. The bus station is here too. Sitting outside there is always plenty to see with people passing, cars parking, pigeons flying around and of course the buses and their passengers..
One lady came to join us staying to a while, chatting.
Having finished my cappuccino and both of us well rested it was time to head home. On the way we called into the pet shop for some eardrops for Spotty. Expressing her interest in the enticing smells Spotty was in 7th heaven but. all securely wrapped and unable to taste.
Finally we called in to the DIY shop to have a few words with the people in there.
We have got to know them well and always call in when passing.
Sitting out in the garden to rest my mind wandered to gardening chores. The temptation too much and later in the afternoon out came the gardening tools. It felt like Spring yet only February as I worked away. Thrusting the fork into the soft yet not too wet earth, weeds were removed, the lavender bush trimmed and one section was completed ready for the new border fence to go up. I put my tools away and sat on the arbour, dog by my side, listening to the birds singing and drinking a well earned mug of tea.
A taste of Spring captivating my body and soul.