When I awoke to find that the sky was crystal blue and that mysterious yellow object was actually out,I knew it would be a good day to be out and about. I spent about three hours outside before cricket practice, and it was lovely, although not super mild.
I hadn't gone far when in the space of two minutes a small tortoiseshell and then a brilliant yellow brimstone butterfly fluttered across my path. The brimstone to me is a true signifier that spring has arrived; I hope the forecast cold Easter doesn't make a mockery of this.
In Friary Gardens, honeybees and drone flies were feeding off the glory of the snows, and a huge buff tailed bumble queen thrummed past. There were a few around today.
I was listening out for chiff chaffs, but no sign of that distinctive call in Sconce Park as I wandered through before a sit in the sun and a cup of tea. The smell of the blossom was lovely.
Really enjoyed it out there today. I hope I get to see many such days this year. Sounds a bit soppy I know, but I need days like this. Keeps my head in order.
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