The weather here has recently been incredibly mild for March and today I was even able to walk around without a coat or even a cardigan. It was a lovely sunny day with clear blue skies. I suspect the weather patterns are still coming from the South. Last week, we had a fine dusting of Saharan sand over our cars and garden furniture. My window-cleaner came today and said it had made his job twice as long, as he kept having to change the water.
The fine weather has made me want to get out more and walk to do errands rather than drive. Today I passed a sight that is a mere 50 yards from where I live and always makes me smile. It is a beacon of hope, amid the awful news coming from Ukraine, that there is basically good in the human race and good will eventually triumph over evil.
Someone along my road (let's call him Kevin) has taken it upon himself to plant a beautiful display on the common verge. Let me set the scene. This is what you see as you walk along my road.
Unfortunately, during Storm Eunice a few weeks ago, branches of the tree came crashing down and fell beside the little impromptu garden. Council workers removed the branches from the road, but cut them up and heartlessly dumped them on the flowerbeds until lorries could take them away. You can see the big scar on the tree where the branch once was.
Kevin was heartbroken about the way his good work had been trashed and put out an appeal on our local Facebook group for donations to fix it. I and many others contributed to his appeal and he raised a fair bit of money. This was the first thing to warm my heart that people appreciated what Kevin has been doing. Kevin thanked us all personally via Facebook for our donations and he promised to get the site back up to its former glory.
Today, as I walked past Kevin had obviously been busy, for this is what I saw
He has even planted a little herb garden and invited passers-by to help themselves.
It really cheers me up every time I pass it and reassures me that there are more kind people in the world than there are Putins.