After a freezing cold winter, I am glad to say that it seems as thought London is over the chilly hurdle, and we are enjoying more sunshine and pleasant temperatures.
Walking through the streets near my house, I noticed that the trees are starting to blossom, and springtime favourite, daffodils, are popping up all over the place.
I was reading the other day, about three young children who were playing in the park and plucking the daffodils....until someone called the police on them for vandalising public property! There have been criticisms that this was too harsh an action, given that the kids were aged 4, 6 and 10 years old. However, it is said that they had picked around 70-80 flowers, and their parents (who were with them) failed to take responsibility by not teaching them that the flowers are there for everyone to enjoy. A word from the coppers most likely means that they will not do this again, and it prevented any arguments occurring with members of the public who may have advised the parents, or indeed, the kids directly. After all, would you approach them, knowing that you could face a hostile reception, or indeed, end up in a heated situation for daring to 'stick your nose in'?
Imagine, if everyone plucked the flowers planted for the community to enjoy, I wouldn't have been able to take these pictures...
I love this time of year, the lead-up to Summer, when you can shed the multiple layers of clothing that weigh you down and enjoy the longer, brighter days. Oh! Talking of longer days, don't forget to put your clocks forward for daylight savings time on 27th March 2011. Likewise, talking of daffodils, don't forget Mother's Day is on Sunday 3rd April 2011.
So look around you, enjoy the flourishes of Spring....and pack away that winter coat!