05 February 2009

Signs of Spring

Could it be springtime? Despite the forecast for snow this weekend the last few days have been sunny and clear. Admittedly, I have neither heard cuckoos nor seen snowdrops, but the woodpeckers are hammering in the woods and the trees are in bud.

The surest sign of spring is the return of the petanque players to the Hofgarten. For the last few months the paths around the edge of the garden, normally busy with overlapping games, have been empty. Quite apart from the cold, the snow, ice and mud have kept the players away.

On Tuesday, though, they were back in force with their rucksacks of pretzels, sandwiches, beer and coffee. Should the snow return they will have to pack their boules away for a little while longer. But we have turned the corner.

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