Today is beautifully sunny and the first really warm day of the year. There are some grape hyacinths in the park near me, stunningly violet, and some bright yellow tulips. Here’s a picture of some cherry blossom growing near my friend’s place.
It’s funny how strongly sounds and smells trigger memories. I noticed this week that the pigeons are “coo”ing in a particular way they only do on warm days in later Spring and early summer. I remember listening for that outside my window as a child and finding it comforting. Another “nature” experience that brings up memories for me is the faint smell of warm stone outside on really hot days. For me that’s the smell of a couple of very early childhood holidays in France when there were still some good and relaxed times with Dad and when we weren’t so cut off as a family from the outside world.
Spring is coming. No matter how dark it seems the sun is shining there somewhere.