Venturing out of my burrow in the last couple of days has been a treat, though. The sun, still so low in the sky that you can be blinded and not recognise a friend approaching on the path until you are almost nose to nose, has real warmth in it. The arcs of daffodils look particularly startling – against such a muddy backdrop, they stand out even more than usual. I love them most when the buds are green-yellow, just before they open: now they are starting to reach their peak of fullness. Of course, non-temperate climates have their own happy floral harbingers of Spring too, but daffodils are something really special. As I strolled around, I was also very pleased to see that the other bulbs we planted in October around the children’s landscaped area are starting to show, and the hellebores, pretty and slightly sinister at the same time, are bushy and healthy and raising their delicate pastel lanterns in the Sager Building bed. Spring can’t be too far away now, surely.
Unfortunately, the Green is still churned and ugly where Camden has replaced the lighting cables. The work needed to be done as the lights fused repeatedly, but the Green now needs to be put back to what it was. As the Committee mentions in the News section http://www.fortunegreen.org.uk/news.html, it has been in contact with the Parks department to ensure that this is done: happily grass reseeding work has already been planned for later in the Spring, so hopefully Camden can rectify the one when they do the other. Maybe the churning up has been good for the worms!
- Catherine Allison