Just a few photos to share. Here are some of my crocuses. I used to be a bit sniffy about crocuses but have come to love them. There is something about the way they open their faces to the sun that makes me smile.
Also making me smile is my son and daughter in law's dog, Flora, who is staying with us for a month while they are in India for a month as part of their medical course. She is such a good natured dog, keen to please, struggling slightly with the loss of her usual place and her usual people but always happy for a walk or a throw of the frisbee or just to be allowed to odd about outside when we are gardening. Here she is setting off with me down to the little river in the bottom of the valley. She loves to swim. Labradors used to be called "water dogs" and she is truly at home setting out for sticks, swimming or splashing about, diving in and scrambling out up the bank to deposit the stick ready for it to go in again.
On the way down to the river we pass an enticing hole. It is probably a badger set. We had nightly visitors to our garden a couple of weeks ago, digging up the crocuses, turning over the grass in search of chafer grubs. There is a large pile of spoil which isn't showing in the picture which is also typical of a badget set.
Looking up as we go down across the field there is the first sense that the bleached land is beginning to green.
And growing by the track are some lovely small double daffodils, wild I imagine as they are too far from any houses to be garden escapees.
Tonight the dog responded to Match of the Day by trotting off into the other room and putting herself to bed. I should follow suit.