After my many and varied birthday-related activities, the working week was short at only three days. It meant I had to catch up and squeeze as many of my regular tasks into those three days, so by the time the weekend (and O.K.!) was here again, I felt as exhausted as after five days of work.
The Dalesman's March issue arrived on the 23rd, looking very Easter-like. The magazine regularly features a walk, and this time it was OUR walk - the one from Ripon to Fountains Abbey and back, a walk I could do in my sleep (and actually sometimes walk in my mind to help me getting to sleep). It made me quite nostalgic, wondering when I will have the chance to be there again.
On Thursday, I met Mr. and Mrs. Easter-Bunny a few minutes before sunset on a bit of open woodland at the edge of town, discussing logistics as to where they should start distributing chocolate eggs and other treats this year.
On Friday evening, O.K. and I made use of several of my birthday presents at once: The red wine was part of my parents' large gift box, the cheese board and knife were also from my parents, and the cheese itself was bought using vouchers for a specialist cheese shop in town given to me by my sister - my idea of the perfect start of the weekend!
Saturday was rather cold with very strong winds and fast moving clouds, but the sun lured us out. We wrapped up warmly against the wind and went walking to Asperg and the castle on the hill that you have seen many times before on my blog.
Signs of spring are everywhere now, even if the trees are still mostly bare. We took a different route on the way back, passing the lake. The clouds were getting darker, making for a rather Gothic atmosphere around the ruins of the church on one of the small islands in the lake.
Sunday was much warmer, and saw us out on the fields in our running shoes before a very late and leisurely breakfast. It was also the day the clocks changed for us (same as in the UK, I think).
And since Monday, we have been having the nicest spring weather you can imagine, a bit warmer every day, with 23 Celsius forecast for today! It won't last all over the long Easter weekend, but I hope to make the most of it when and if I can.