I dropped off Skye at school and set off for a walk around town to search for signs of spring. Over the last few days the weather seems to have finally made a turn for the better. This has been the first winter here, in ten years, that I have not been able to go back to England and escape the gloom of winter in Pos. Skye is now in first grade, so a two month trip away is impossible to make.
I foudn this almond tree in blossosm quite near the school:
This winter has been hard for me. I have longed for England, pined for it, while sitting shivering in my cold house in this ghost-like town. When, a few weeks ago the school suddenly closed down for 10 days, I shouted with joy and ran home to book tickets for Skye and myself on the next possible flight.
Carlo and I have started to talk about the future possibility of spending more time in England, browsing through properties for sale online and excitedly discussing what we would do if we bought one. But for now it is just a dream.
I don't know the name of this tree, it has spikey branches with huge pods hanging off them. I wonder what is in the pods?
I have spent the winter planning and developing my soap business, experimenting with recipes, colours and fragrances. I have made (other than soaps)various creams, lotions, conditioners, scrubs and balms. I have emerged from the kitchen splattered with conditioner, smeared with pigments, slippery with oils, brandishing new concoctions for brave friends to try. I have battled for long, long hours with photoshop, trying to figure out how to use layers and the various tools to make labels that I can be proud to stick on my soaps. I'm still not quite there, but might succeed one day soon.
The citrus trees are bursting with fruit still, I love going outside to pick lemons off the trees just when I need them.
Suddenly, the sun has started shining and the town is coming to life. Everywhere I look shops are being painted, hotels are being aired out, flowers are being planted and a small trickle of tourists are coming in, no doubt baffled by all the work going on. I have one month left before I start work for the season, and one standby ticket ready to make one last quick trip to England before work starts.
I feel so relieved that the winter is over, I feel like I have been in hibernation for months. It all feels so much better when the sun is shining doesn't it?