The high call of a circling buzzard,

Heady smell of wild garlic – spring is coming!

Embers glowing in the last of a woodland fire,

Sweet peas greeting me home and

Evening sunlight spread richly across golden wheat fields.

Blackberries waiting to be picked,

Red wine on a dark night,

Intense stare of a robin,

Nine long-tailed tits jostling for position and

Grey storm clouds marbled over blue skies

Mist dancing with the warmth of morning and

Exploring unknown places.

Journeys with the windows down,

Ocean waves and a fresh breeze, and finally

Young, green leaves appearing on bare trees!


Here in Vienna the last couple of days the weather has warmed somewhat and the evidence of spring has rapidly appeared. As I took walks up in the woods, the ground is covered with wild garlic and spring woodland flowers. Coming back from a weekend away in Denmark, the tree outside the front of the flat has exploded with young green leaves. It happened so quickly! ‘I am sure it wasn’t like that when we left on friday?’ I thought to myself. While we were away at the weekend, we spent a bit of time on the beaches looking out to sea and dreaming of distant horizons. SOOO… I am excited. I love this time of year. It has a newness, a possibility and an intoxicating freshness to it.

In my excitement, I thought about all the things that I find joyful – the things that make me smile, so I wrote a list!

May I invite you to participate in a little game? Why not write what you find makes you smile in the comments below.