There is an gnarled old hawthorn tree along the route and I have looked at it every time we have passed by over the winter months, wondering if it was still alive. It has looked completely lifeless, until today. The lichen covered branches have sprouted lovely rosettes of flower buds!
There was a fabulous orange tip butterfly flitting ahead of us and it just would not stop long enough for me to take a good photograph. This is blurred, but gives an idea of how vivid the orange was on the wing.