No, I haven’t in my isolation gone there yet! I am sitting working at my desk (kitchen table) with the doors open listening to the call, the call that tells me spring has arrived. I grab my recorder eager to capture the sound so I can share it here with you:

The cuckoo is a solitary bird in nature that calls to mark its territory, or to call for a mate (smiley face).  It represents many things across cultures, but to me it represents spring. What are the signs and symbols that you are noticing in your isolation that marks the season’s change?

I was walking in the forest yesterday and I came across a hawthorn bush in full flower. I was drawn to the beauty of the flower and its scent but also because I was curious, you don’t often see this in Southern Portugal unlike the hedgerows of England where I am from. Pedro, fellow forest bathing guide and self-professed ‘plant nerd’ of Peace of Plant says the bushes are discreet most of the year but shine like a snow-covered bush under the oak trees when spring comes.

It took many tries to do them justice but I finally captured the flowers on the hawthorn bush

In folklore the hawthorn represents hope, making my discovery all the more poignant. Nature shows us resilience, renewal and beauty sometimes hidden in surprising places. If we open our senses who knows what we might find…

And if you want to take a moment and reflect on the words of poet William Wordsworth:

To The Cuckoo

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6 Replies to “Cuckoo!”

  1. Paul who is based in Portugal and having trouble logging in sent this message:

    “As we change the clocks this weekend and look forward to the spring and summer beyond, it’s hard to believe that winter is over.

    For me, it has been a remarkably mild and dry period. The trees around my home are green and full of life despite the dreadful fires of 2018. Mother nature has an amazing ability to heal herself. Something that we can all learn from as we face our own challenges with the current virus.

    Perhaps our lives will never be the same again but if we follow mother nature’s example then there is hope for us and our fragile planet.

    We are privileged to live in this unique world. We should enjoy every moment and thank mother nature for allowing us to be here in the first place.” Paul.


  2. I love this post, Suzanne. I always make time to stop and smell the roses and listen to birdsong in my urban environment in Dubai. On my last walk before self-isolation, I took a video of a butterfly resting on a blade of grass growing through the fence in our neighborhood, and I thought to myself, it’s spring.

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