Spring it seems has finally sprung! Yesterday was the first sunny day London has seen in a long while so Mr V and I went for a walk in the park and discovered the "flower" button on our Nokia camera.
It is amazing how every Spring, the earth rebounds from the dieback and loss of greenery during the bitter cold of Winter. The trees stripped bare during autumn, snap frozen during winter, their naked boughs stark against the bright blue sky, now seem hopeful for new life, the sunshine and warmth allowing new shoots to burst forth. New buds and blooms are already appearing on some trees, the magnolias, the cherry blossoms. The small tended walled garden is now studded with bluebells, daffodils, hyacinths and tulips. Something about Spring makes you call to mind youth, rebirth, reinvention. Witnessing Spring return like seasonal clockwork, even after one of the coldest winters on record, reminds you of nature's innate ability to heal itself even after disaster, destruction and death.
Seemed appropriate for a walk in the park to adopt a tree hugging demeanour and dress like a horticulture worker in olive, black and brown. (Actually I was thinking more of comfort whilst burning some calories walking and warmth as the air here is still a bit nippy). Cuff leg cargo trousers with zipped ankles are back for Spring apparently which has prompted me to drag out my old pair to avoid buying new. They are a little too long in the legs for me and I've plans to shorten them for a Spring reinvention of the sartorial kind but more of that another post.
After our day in the park we went back at nightfall to see the "super moon" that was supposed to be rising, itself targeted by the superstitious as an omen of death and destruction with some more outlandish claims that it is to blame for earthquakes and tsunamis. It was actually quite beautiful to behold on a quiet night, a richly golden portent hanging swollen in the clear black night sky, shining like a giant coin at the bottom of a silent dark sea. I prefer to think of it as a good omen - one hailing new beginnings.
In the run up to summer invitations to formal events like weddings and summer dinners will inevitably start to roll in. If the chilly begin...
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