Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: the sun’s been shining like it was the middle of July. Outside temperatures have been over 20C in our garden every afternoon. The earth is getting dry and dusty. The children have been splashing around in the paddling pool wearing nothing at all. Everyone has that relaxed look that warm weather brings – no more bundling ourselves up against the cold, we’ve been wearing tee-shirts and flip-flops without even the hint of a shiver. Lunch in the garden and ice-cream cones all round.
All this, I reminded myself today, is before the buds are even out on the trees. Its not quite right, this freakishly warm weather. I take comfort from the fact that we’ll be back in our winter clothes before April is out and there will surely be rain soon in this part of the world. Its been lovely though: just the shot of warmth and sunshine we all needed. And I’ll pray we have some more summer days between now and September.