Coun­try Mouse

Spring is sweep­ing in

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

THE res­ur­rec­tion of the coun­try­side is in full swing. It’s sim­ply won­drous to be­hold. Lus­cious wild gar­lic, crowned with frothy white flow­ers, min­gles with the first flashes of sap­phire blue­bells on the wood­land floor. Blos­som blooms from the trees as they ache to turn fully green. The rook­ery in the beech trees is a chaos of caw­ing. The verges, full of net­tles, cow pars­ley and dock, ap­pear to grow be­fore your eyes.

Morn­ings and evenings start and fin­ish with a full orches­tra of bird­song and af­ter­noons are soothed by the hum of lawn­mow­ers. The black­bird nest in the lau­rel hedge has three speck­led, pale-blue eggs and, by the end of the month, will be full of vo­ra­cious chicks. In the fields, the lambs form gangs to race hel­ter-skel­ter across the turf. There is a sweet fresh­ness in the air; the land has dried, form­ing cracks in the mud where pud­dles long stood. Re­birth is ev­ery­where.

Spring is wasted on the young with their mo­bile phones and end­less ex­ams. Spring is for adult­hood—a slow ap­pre­ci­a­tion de­vel­ops into a yearn­ing and, fi­nally, won­der at how many more times you will wit­ness its tri­umph. MH

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