Just as we thought spring was in the air winter comes back to nip it in the bud. With nearly 6 inches of snow (and still falling heavily) the snowdrops and crocuses which were making such an optimistic show have been completely buried. But you can bet your back teeth (if you've still got any!) that they'll bounce back just fine when the time comes.
I heard the other day that snowdrops come out so early because so do queen bumblebees and they need nectar. Quite honestly any queen bumblebee in its right mind isn't emerging in this!
And so my thoughts turn to sunnier climes. Got another booking for our St Helena trip in October yesterday. It's going to be a cracker coinciding, as it does, with the 200th anniversary of Napoleon's arrival on the island. Don't suppose he was excited as I am about getting there (for me for the don't-know-how-many-ith time). There are going to be all sorts of events and it will all start on the Royal Mail Ship where the musicians travelling to the island to give a concert will be performing (rumour has it) and a French chef will be giving a cookery demonstration. As long as neither interfere with the legendary RMS quiz which runs over 3 evenings before dinner and is incredibly competitive (in the nicest possible way).
Work on the airport is progressing but it would seem that nothing's been done about the infrastructure or even announcing whether the airline (not known) will fly from Europe or Africa. Seeing the whole thing's meant to start in 13 months' time it's a bit odd. And what will happen to Ascension Island which relies on the RMS (Royal Mail Ship)? All very strange. I'll keep you posted. Meanwhile, if you want a really good party join me in October