Finally, Spring is on its way

Kanda-myojin shrine, Tokyo

What a draining and exhausting year it’s been. I am very grateful to have had my vaccine and to be looking forward to seeing my friends and family soon, but it’s going to take a long time to shake off the general feeling of dread that COVID brought with it. One thing that’s been really helping my mood is just getting out and about and looking at flowers. The photo above was taken on a wonderful holiday we had in Japan two years ago during sakura (cherry-blossom) time. I loved watching crowds of people just taking the time to admire the flowering trees.

Here in London the cherry blossom is not quite out but the blackthorns are in our local cemetery park. I walk there every day with our dogs and there is an explosion of colour from wild violets, daffodils, crocuses and grape hyacinth. With the clocks going forwards and the roll-out of the vaccines we’re all starting to shift a little from our winter lethargy and look forward to the summer. I hope you are too.

I have had some very kind reviews of two of my stories from Lisa Shea on her Youtube channel – she has reviewed Masquerade and Crow Girl. Thank you Lisa! I’m constantly amazed at how supportive the blogging community is to emerging writers.

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