.... and despite a little wind, the temperature got above 20c in the afternoon making it feel very mild and pleasant. A few really balmy days towards the third week of February seems to be very much a feature of the climate in this area.
With the longer days, it was time to adjust the programming on the pool to make sure the solar heating gives maximum benefit. Other encouraging spring time jobs included planting some parsnip and Chinese cabbage seeds as well as setting up the "détaupeur" since there is evidence of some foolhardy creatures venturing into the plot again.
Natives of Eastern Europe / Western Asia, croci give a really spring-like feel to the garden, bathed in welcome sunshine.