Insanity! Unnatural m�t�o! It�s going up to 10� C today, and we�re over halfway there!
I went out this morning to take a walk to the pharmacy, and it�s warm � windy, but warm. You can smell that Spring smell in the air- the damp earthy odour, the aroma of dead grass� but it�s more than that. There�s a sense in the atmosphere, in the air that you breathe into your lungs, that your alveoli recognise and send the news racing through your cells to inform your whole body that in case it hadn�t noticed, the season has changed: rejoice! The sun now stays in my living room more than forty-five minutes at a time! I can leave the windows open again! I can wear shoes outside instead of boots! Soon I shall be able to wear my little fox-red corduroy jacket again!
Not that these events were far off the recent reality of the situation. (Except the sun staying in the living room.) We actually hit a high of 6� C in the city yesterday. I�m not certain if we�re setting records or not. I do know that it didn�t ever really feel like Winter for more than a week at a time. I have a sneaky suspicion that our average temperatures this month are hitting the standard March averages instead. I tremble to consider what our Summer might be like.
That, however, will be then. This is now, and I�m rather enjoying it! The unnatural weather this winter had me on edge � it was just wrong � but it�s the end of February now, and I�m more than ready for buds and the first signs of green, thank you very much. I suffer from a touch of seasonal affective disorder, but apart from that February usually has me fed up on several other fronts as well. Bring on March, say I!
Fool�s Errand, by Robin Hobb
The first book in a new Farseer trilogy called The Tawny Man. This is pulling me right the way I need at the moment! It�s told in the first person, a departure for Hobb�s work, and it works surprisingly well. I�m possibly enjoying it more than I enjoyed the first Farseer trilogy. I�m much too near the end for comfort. The problem with reading newly released hardcovers is that you have to wait for the rest of the series!