Some time ago just before our recent holiday, we had the renting of the seaside cottage secured for another year. A couple of days ago, we paid a visit to check the situation there.
I was hoping the weather wouldn’t be too cold to take up some raking and other landscape clean-up. It was +4°C (+39°F) both outdoors and indoors, actually also in the sea. As the wind made it feel even colder we attacked our picnic lunch instead later walking around in search of some physical proof of spring.
In addition to a few specimens of the first spring flowers, the signs were still very faint. I just couldn’t get excited about the tiny buds. Fortunately, one of the mute swan couples spending the summer season in the neighbourhood had already settled down bathing and grooming rather close by. Such a sight will never fail to please me.