The great thing about having dogs is that you have to get them up at first light and give them a walk. It is also a good way of being in tune with the season and we seem to be in the very early stages of spring, there is movement in the woods, the leaves of the bluebells are up and buds on some trees are getting bigger. Now is a good time to have a look at your tools, give them some oil and make sure they are ready for the new season. I was also reminded of this today when John French came to show the symposium some of the old tools he cleans and sells on. I was able to give him my trowel to repair.