In the garden, unplanned, self-seeded violets and forget-me-nots appear.
The new leaves of horse-chestnut unfold in various stages of a slow explosion. At first the little leaves hang down like spaniels' ears. In more advanced trees, they stand up framing the embryo flower or "candle", still in close bud.
The Grove, this bank holiday monday, is full of people. Children and their parents are, as usual attending to the swings, see-saws and slides. Meanwhile, groups form circles of various sizes on the grass, talking. Some people lean back or lie on their backs or on their sides. The look like petals of large, ungainly flowers.