We, and our various guests, have been super lucky for most of last week, since the marathon massacre. All the rather unremarkable looking trees that line our streets have literally blossomed. The magnolias were first, then the cherries and dogwoods, and of course on the ground the spring bulbs are rampant. All of this has been almost like an explosion, as it always is, in contrast to the gradual European springs that we grew up with. This year the whole process has been still more spectacular because of beautiful weather, bright sunshine and unseasonable warmth most of the time.
I think that it is because of all this botanical beauty, and the good weather, that everybody seems to be in such a good mood. At least that seemed to be the case when we strolled forth yesterday to the SOWA studio tour. SOWA stands for South of Washington Street, and is a area of old industrial buildings few blocks from here, which have been adapted to house studios for more than 100 artists. On the first Friday of each month the studios are open to visitors who can enjoy viewing the various works, and buy if something takes their fancy. For some reason the studios were also open yesterday, despite the fact the it was Sunday. There are several regular galleries in the area and they too were open as was the regular Sunday market which is very popular with our visitors.