My paper appointment book for the past few years has been Chris Hardman's Ecological Calendar, which follows the seasons from one winter solstice to the next with images, facts, and words that beautifully summon the characteristics of different times of the year. At the top of each page is a single word that captures the essence of that period -- usually a stretch of time four or five weeks long. The word they chose for this moment in time is "Bliss."
How true, when the weather turns just as you like it in early May. This week it is cool enough to need a jacket in the mornings and evenings, and summer-like only at midday. The trees are fully leafed out and juiced up by all the spring rains. We've had a good Spring in New York this year, and I enjoyed it so much I saved the banner from weather.com on a perfect April day: