I visited the pond on 23 April, when the road near there was open after clearing snow. The pond was still covered thick ice but I felt the breaking up it there soon. The middle of it was honey-combed and melted ice blocks were floating near the shore. Spring is near at hand!
We have gentle and warm rain this morning. Walking in our garden I found light green butterbur sprout, through which we surely feel spring has come. We are also able to eat the sprouts making Tempura and they fit beer very well. I am looking forward to have them with cold beer.