This afternoon, for the first time this year, it was mild enough for Lily to be able to play in the garden without a coat on. It's been a long, cold winter, but I finally feel like spring is on its way. I'm not usually one for hurrying through the seasons. I love each season in its turn, but I have to confess that I can't wait for winter to be over this year. There's nothing like a bit of sunshine and warmth to lift your mood and fill you with the joys of spring.