but it certainly felt a bit like it today with those clear blue skies and glorious sunshine.
While working and (I found out later) getting sunburnt in the walled garden at Wimpole, I heard that liquid trilling sound that indicates the migratory birds are beginning to arrive back in the UK. Sure enough, I looked up to see two swallows skimming the Soames greenhouse. Later on, in the yard, one paused long enough on the telephone wires for a picture. They were definitely checking out the bothy for their regular nesting site.
First sightings continue apace at this time of year. Yesterday I saw a Holly Blue butterfly on ivy in the hedge around the garden. This pretty butterfly emerges well before other blue butterflies in spring and enjoys basking in the sun with shut wings. The RSPB website describes its diet in rather lurid terms as: oozing sap, aphid honeydew and carrion juices.
And back in the garden, all the fruit trees seem to be in blossom simultaneously whether they are damson, plum, pear or apple (except for the Bramley). I can’t remember seeing that happen before. Usually the damson are over before the rest start. Too much sun and not enough rain perhaps?