Today was the warmest day of the year with clear blue skies and bright, springtime sunshine. It was day to open all the doors and windows to air the house, have lunch and cups of tea in the garden, dismantle the summerhouse in preparation for placing it elsewhere in the garden and watch butterflies flit around the garden. Saw several brimstones, a comma and a peacock butterfly during the day. Also saw a wren hopping a round the patron, a bumble bee and a ladybird. Yesterday I managed to clear up the allotment and dig up a final bucketful of parsnips. The hedgehog I found there last autumn hiding under a pile wood unfortunately didn't survive the winter. After months of cold and darkness it was a blessing to get out and dig some soil, see some wildlife and remember again why I so love to be out and about doing practical jobs outside.