A pink camellia is already in flower in a neighbouring street.
The wind whirls through the branches above the Grove like invisible traffic.
The newagent in Grove Hill Road hasn't been slow to take advantage of the closure of the Morrison's supermarket by the station. Since before Christmas it has been displaying fruit and vegetable outside the double-fronted shop. Today in the rain, the oranges, onions, melons, and sprouts on stalks present a cheering sight.