We are somehow always caught off guard when spring arrives. Just how sumptuous it is. Just how iridescent the new oak leaves are and the profusion of colours and flowers and birds. And now that our creepers are well established the farmhouse and its gardens are redolent with jasmines and honeysuckle. Spring also brings Oom Klippies to the farmyard to shear Lambertus Basson and Baahbara, while the vineyards too get a good pruning. And of course all houses get their annual spring clean.