I glimpsed a flash of lapis blue as last year's hyacinths begin to open (and felt glad they'd been reprieved from the bin).
I squeezed lemons into a bowl of pasta
And tore a bunch of green, peppery basil.
Poured a glass of cold wine
And settled down to a book
That evokes the colours and scents of Corfu.
A high-quality beach read is exactly right for grey days
Spent on the sofa
Instead of a deckchair.