Comment: Life's a breeze when country is in full bloom
Looking from our kitchen, the countryside has never seemed more vibrantly beautiful.
Out the westerly window, the first thing I see in the evening sunshine, through the post-and-rail garden fence, is a bunch of cows and their calves.
Having come into the field this morning, most of the cows are grazing languorously, slowly sweeping up large mouthfuls of lush, shiny, grass. It's sprinkled with daisies and a smattering of dandelions.
Most of the calves are lying down. Some are stretched out, others chewing their cuds, necks arched heavenwards into the blissful rays, eyes closed in contentment.
On the slope further away, a sneaky breeze is blowing waves across the surface of the dark green field of winter barley.
Turning to look northwards, under the trampoline and safe from the lawnmower, pale lilac cuckooflowers dance amidst the gossamer grass.
Incidentally, the cuckooflower is one of the plants which the National Biodiversity Data Centre is asking the public to submit sightings of for its spring species project. All of these are believed to be in decline. Another of these is the cowslip and I will be interested to see the findings on this front. Once common on grazing lands, it has recently become much scarcer. In the North, it is now a protected species. However, and maybe it's my imagination, I think cowslips are much more common this year, especially along roadways.
By the way, it's not hard to encourage cowslip spread in the lawn - just cut around them until after they have seeded.