Winters have been getting increasingly milder in recent years and the seasons aren’t following their normal pattern. The first signs of spring appeared in early March, not long after the short-lived snowfall, and very quickly gathered momentum. Heralded by the arrival of snowdrops – usually the first sign of the impending end of winter – daffodils, buds and the return of a green landscape slowly followed. There are still cold spells though, as Arctic winds make their last visits of winter, bringing with them occasional frosts.
The most noticeable moment – a tactile arrival of spring – is when the sun changes from pleasant winter sunshine to suddenly carrying a warmth and intensity which reaches below the skin’s surface and into your bones.