I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. But yes, the sun has been shining today. I was so happy I could have burst into song but that would have only started the bassets with their howling routine. There may have been a bitterly southerly wind but I didn’t care – the sun was out today and that made me feel very happy. For once the irises didn’t look bedraggled but opening their petals to show their true colours off.