Fingers crossed, the worst of the bad weather is behind us and, compared to last year, it has been rather a mild winter. Along the lanes and footpaths the first blooms of wild garlic are joining the primroses and celandines and in the hedges splashes of bright green are appearing as the hawthorn and honeysuckle leaves begin to unfurl. Puffins and razorbills have been seen close to their breeding sites of L’Etac and the Grande Moie and on Les Autelets, the rock stacks on the west coast, the guillemots have been inspecting their nest ledges.
In La Seigneurie Gardens the tulips and other bulbs are just beginning their stunning seasonal display and the magnificent magnolia tree in the walled garden is about to burst into bloom. (The Gardens open officially on Saturday 31st March but visitors are welcome any time before then between 10am and 4pm.) With Easter just a few weeks away, some of the carriage drivers have been taking advantage of the fine weather to take their horses out for a pre-season warm up before the roads get too busy. It’s a great time to be in Sark!