A collection of quotations on the subject of Spring form an eight page section of today's Independent newspaper. Gerard Manley Hopkins, William Wordsworth, T S Eliot, all the expected lines are there. But there are some, to me, new ones. I like especially Rainer Maria Rilke's
"Spring has returned. The earth is like a child that knows poems".
And to escape sentimentality, Dorothy Parker's:
"Every year back comes Spring, with nasty little birds yapping their fool heads off and the ground all mucked up with plants."
In the hedge sparrows go cheep, cheep, cheep all afternoon. It is the noise which books tell very small children that birds make. And these birds are living up to their reputation.
The tomato seeds, which I sowed in the greenhouse just over a week ago, are already seedlings.