After a very snowy and cold December, this weekend it felt like spring had come early. I know it's too early for it to be truly spring weather but the sun peeked through the clouds and there was definitely a spring feel to the place. Yesterday we decided to visit Teirpark, the Zoo in the east of the city. One of the strange things about Berlin is that post-reunification there are still two of many public institutions - two concert halls, two opera companies, two theatres and... two zoos. I planned to take lots of photographs, but the place was actually quite depressing,. Most of the cages looked like they hadn't been renovated since the 1960s and harked back to a time when there was little recognition that animals need enclosures that closely resemble their natural habitats in order to feel safe and secure. Lots of tiny cages with nowhere to hide away from staring eyes and flashing cameras. In contrast to the animal enclosures, there were many forested walkways and more formal gardens for us humans to enjoy and I think we ended up spending more time walking around them than actually seeing the animals.
Back home, my hyacinth's have decided to flower for a second time which has made me incredibly happy as the first flower heads only lasted a few days. They are filling the kitchen with the softest scent of "fresh flower" which I love coming home to in the evening. This is really the first year that I've had bulbs in my house and I've decided that this year I'm going to buy all sorts of different bulbs as they come into season. It's so nice to have a bit of colour and life in the house when everything outside is still hibernating until spring.