Yesterday was like a summer vacation. The temperature was the highest we've had yet (about 22ºC out in the garden), and the air stayed warm well into the evening. We were able to sit out on the front deck and enjoy listening to the birds singing until dark.
The blackbirds (merles) were especially vocal last night, and I really enjoy listening to their songs. There was a cuckoo off in the distance too, and a multitude of smaller birds.
During the afternoon, I transplanted some thyme plants and a lot of lilies of the valley (muguets in French). All were in planter boxes and now they are in the ground. In one of the planter boxes, I sowed green onion seeds. The other will have oregano and basil planted in it when the weather gets a little bit warmer. The other day I planted chive seeds in another planter box.
The other day out in the vineyard, I notice a big bird of prey sitting on a post off in the distance. I didn't get very close before it slowly flew away, disappearing into the woods. I wondered what prey it was observing or looking for.
A big raven (I think these are ravens, not crows) was sitting on another post, not far away, also observing the hawk, I think. It flew on off when the bigger bird moved away.
Last night it rained. The grass is really going to start growing now. April showers... it's still raining this morning and the temperature is down to 10ºC.