I visited my Mother today. We do the usual round of buying chocolates, complaining in the hearing-aid shop about the hearing-aid not working, and then we have lunch in the family favourite inn. Despite "not having any appetite", our dear Mum loves the fried fish there and we devour a hearty lunch. Afterwards we have a walk, in which she walks with her sporty three-wheeler walking-aid down the avenue of trees, while I run around the three ponds in the middle of the woods and then we meet by the car. The little blue flowers in the picture are Leberblümchen ("hepatica", my German equivalent of bluebells which don't seem to exist here).These announcers of spring colour the dark woods with their luminous blue - more subtle than the sea of blue that bluebells create.