Yes, I do have some spring pictures, too! They may not be as stunning as some of those I have seen on other people's blogs over the past week or so, but they show what spring is like over here at the moment: a bit too cold, with the possibility of snow (I hope not!), but that cold spell came after almost two weeks of sunshine and mild to warm temperatures, which was all it took for the flowers to come out and the whole spring thing to get started properly.
This picture is from the 27th of March, the by now rather familiar view from my kitchen window:
And here is a close-up of the bit with the little primroses that I find so pretty:
On that same day, I was observing this magpie for a while. It was sitting on the cherry tree (seen through my other kitchen window, and the picture was taken through the glass) and did not move for a long time. Another magpie (its partner?) came to sit next to this one, and I expected the two of them to fly off together, but this one remained after the other one had gone. I thought that maybe this one was sick or injured, and when finally it WAS gone (I did not stay with my nose against the window all afternoon), I checked the ground below the cherry tree to see whether it had fallen down. It was nowhere to be seen, though, and so I hope it simply was taking a well-deserved break from the serious business of nest building etc.
A few days later, on the 4th of April, some of the buds on the cherry tree had opened, and if you compare the trees, shrubs and flowers in the garden below, you can see that quite a lot has happened there as well.
And today, in spite of the cold and grey, the cherry tree and everything else shows even more flowers! Even though summer is my favourite time of the year, spring has so much charm and there is all that delicacy in the flowers and colours, I love it!
Happy Easter, everyone!