11°C (51.8°F) A wonderful, warm day. I saw my first flying insects of the year today. One very sluggish housefly, and a couple of tiny flies under the pine. At first they looked like mosquitoes (which would truly be amazing this early in the year – but not necessarily in a *good* way
). But on closer examination, they lacked the hypodermic “beak” that makes mosquitoes so endearing, and they seemed more fragile, ephemeral – like miniature mayflies
. Even in my memory they’ve already almost disappeared.
Happy birthday to Samuel Pepys
, 17th century diarist, and inspiration to bloggers everywhere.
I watched the Olympic skating exhibition last night, and I have to say that I enjoyed it much more than any competition. The skaters were so relaxed, so clearly enjoying themselves. Confident in their ability and thrilled to share it with the world, their energy was infectious. We should all be so lucky.
5°C (41°F) A warm night. A slow, steady drip… drip… of melting snow from the eaves. Still more clouds than sun, but warm enough for a good long walk, as long as we can avoid the mud.