After a month of cold winds, frost and snow the weather is at last on the up.
The Hawthorne bushes are turning bright green, buds are appearing on most trees, daffs are popping up everywhere and the cherry blossom brings extra colour to the village.
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From “Spring” by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1899)
“Nothing is so beautiful as Spring -
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
The ear, it strikes like lightning to hear him sing;
The glassy pear tree leaves and blooms, they brush
The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.”