I think this April weather is nature's correction for a dry winter and a warm, parched March. We've had April showers in abundance, by the bucket load really, but all useful stuff as it goes a little way to replenishing the depleted ground water levels and staves off possible water restrictions this coming Summer.
There's no denying that a wonderful sheen of green has appeared across the land, that the garden seems almost turgid and things generally look a good deal spiffier for a liberal refreshment, but much of the spring blossom has been knocked back by the heavy downpours and blustery showers.
A few of these photographs were taken this same week last year when the weather was more clement and it wasn't a case of blink and you'll miss it. April '11 started on an altogether warmer note than 2012.
Not wishing to appear slightly obsessed with the weather, I can report that April's cool start follows a record March with daytime maximum temperatures averaging a little over 18C, yet still chilly nights with ten air frosts.
Now that is a weather fact, and here's another one; all this rain is good for the garden, good for the reservoirs, great for ground water and river levels, but if it stopped tomorrow I wouldn't complain.