I was excited to see some leaves appearing on these old vines this morning, the first I’ve seen so far this year.
And it was only when I looked at this photo on the screen that I could see that the sap definitely is rising. It’s clearer in this enlarged crop:
I also bought some bulbs of fresh garlic, another sign of spring. It came from Egypt, rather a long way away, but I justified it by telling myself it’s good to buy from a country struggling to create its own democracy, and I love the flavour of it after the deteriorating quality of the bulbs stored over the winter. What a treat!