Spring has arrived.
Time to dust down my trusty Ladybird book and see what delights I will be finding outside my front door.
By the end of February many signs of Spring have already arrived and, as the days grow longer, the hearts of country dwellers are stirred to renewed wonder at the swelling of buds and the sight of the early blossoms of hazel, willow, alder and poplar.
So says the introduction.
First thing I will be looking for is a field full of boxing hares.
...although I did find a rather depressed rabbit.
Okay - next there should be some lively goings on amongst the canal folk
Too cold for any of those shenanigans
Canal boats will be nestling alongside banks of fresh green grass and celandine
The birds will be actively constructing their nests up in the sunny blue sky
Okay now I know that finding a bunch of piglets might have been pushing it a bit but maybe I'll find some forsythia in full bloom
Too cold to bloom today
Okay - I'm sensing a pattern here.
At the risk of sounding like a moaning Minnie I'm going to suggest that those pictures that we were brought up with as children may not have been telling us the whole truth.
I'm thinking of writing my own version.
'What to look for in Spring - really!'
Do you think it will sell?