The ducks returned to our swimming pool this week. They are completely unafraid and come up to the back door to wait for us to come out and feed them. Even the dogs don't seem to bother them. Brio runs around and around the pool, keeping a close eye on the visitors, but so far he hasn't tried to jump in and join them.
The garlic is three inches high. The hyacinth and tulips are pushing up through the mulch and, in places, through the lawn. There are buds on the Japanese maple. Every morning I hear cardinals whooping in the hedge. This morning there is a soft, golden light gracing the trees.
It was an easy winter, hardly any snow and little cold, but it's still a relief to see Spring coming.