I passed the weeping willow tree today when I was out for a walk, and took a photo to show how it has progressed in the last two weeks. The sun was shining and the sky was actually pale blue with clouds but it just looks like a bit of a dull, grey day (perhaps my camera has a setting for that sort of condition, but I haven’t found it yet!).
The reason for the weak sun and the pale sky is apparently all to do with the Sahara desert. On Monday we woke to everything outside being covered in a fine film of red sand dust. Sand and dust were swept up by storm winds in the Sahara desert and blown north to be combined with our warm air and then fell with the rain showers. Add to that the fact that there are higher levels of air pollution in the south of England at the moment because of polluted air arriving on light winds from northern Europe and the bright blue sky I was hoping to have for my walk this morning was a forlorn hope.
I had a good walk, though, and saw evidence that there’s going to be a bumper crop of bluebells this year, in fact in one spot there were a few brave ones already out.