IN the second week of August I took a walk and photographed the first wattle. It’s always out around my husband’s birthday. It looks so fluffy and golden and soft at first – then it gets bashed around by the wind and sodden with rain. But it’s a sign of what’s to come, and I know that winter is nearly over. On the same day, I saw jonquil spikes pushing up through pine needles, and the hyacinth starting to come up through its potting mix.

When I took a walk today, the wattle was still out, the hyacinth is in full bloom and so are the jonquils. It was warm and sunny and it felt good to be outside. It’s nearly spring!




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