I don't know if I'm alone in finding the past winter grindingly bleak, but between the relentless bad weather and the relentless doom laden news cycle this one really took its toll towards the end. Still, as the news continues to plumb new depths, there are signs of good things to come.
I have to remind myself frequently that I can influence neither the
weather nor global events; and
instead should dwell on the things under my control. Yesterday I took my
attention outside away from the news, first to the garden which was given a thorough
spring clean; and then for an evening walk. Action, then distraction.
We have two large city parks within walking distance of our house. One is more of a recreation ground but it does have a huge bed of rugosa roses and a huge mock orange bush, so I visit that one quite often in summer to sniff them. The other park is landscaped, popular with dog walkers and older folk, so it suits my temperament just perfectly. I go and sit and read a book or knit, sometimes I just watch the dogs play. Yesterday I took a stroll around the shrubbery because it's looking glorious.
Japanese Quince working its way through the other shrubs. Did you know that it produces edible fruits? And that it grows in shade? It's one of my favourite plants.
Viburnum, smelling swell.
One of the cherry blossoms. There were plenty more, but I got distracted by a pack of Pomeranians playing chase with each other ❤.
I hope that spring has reached your part of the world and that you can take some time out to enjoy it.