What fools we are to think each year that April will be well-behaved for once. But no, it turns out that once again she hasn't been able to make up her mind which season she actually belongs to. Starting with snow and barely above freezing point temperatures on her very first day, she has by now treated us to a couple of mild Spring days as well as a handful of summery ones. But then there were those bright sunny days which came accompanied by tempestuous winds, with a distinctive nip to them which wouldn't go amiss on an Autumn day.
There has been a distinct lack of April showers, though. In fact, rain has been mostly conspicuous in its absence, depleting ground water levels and leaving nature - and our gardens - dusty and dry.
We'd just passed the month's half-way mark on Saturday the 16th of April, and the sun was out in full force from the word go. With forecasted highs of 17°C, we had every reason to spend time outside. I was determined, however, to make the most of the 4-day weekend and squeeze in some jobs I'd been procrastinating on.