Today, the weather is slightly better, although still rather cold at only 7 Celsius or so. At least it is not raining, and so we have decided to go to the park and the exhibition this afternoon.
Before I leave, there is just enough time to show you some pictures I took during the last week, to mark spring's further progress:
The familiar old view from my kitchen window, as seen on the 18th of April.
Look at the buds on the branches of the cherry tree next to my window on the left - they are as good as ready now!
And while I was still admiring the view, this beautiful butterfly (we call them Admiral) landed on my window sill and stopped for a few minutes. He must have still been from last summer; it is too early in the year yet for the next generation to be out, I think. [Note: thank you, Mum, for telling me that it is not an admiral, but a peacock. My mistake, sorry!]
Only five days later, and look how the blossoms on the cherry tree have developed:
(This is another one for you, Kay - thinking of the post you did a while ago about friendship and cherry blossoms!)
Lucky, my downstairs neighbours' cat, enjoying the sun on "his" chair on the patio.
He really is used to me talking to him now, and seemed totally unfazed when I zoomed in on him with the camera. (Before anyone wonders: No, I did not ask his permission before I published his picture here. If he'll sue me, I hope to be able to appease him with several tins of cat food and 100 brush strokes.)