The no frills airline Ryan Air brought me to a Sweden who could offer a few green shoots, but she still had ice on her lakes. After a week however, you could see the beginning of buds on trees and the ice breaking up in the intense Easter sunshine. Unbeatable feeling.
I have just left behind a London in bloom, with green trees and happy people enjoying the good weather. (Or maybe they are happy because they've got a ticket to Wembley for the 5.15 kick-off this afternoon?)