Sadly NO, NIL, NONE, ZERO bloomed sakura to be spotted in our area yet.. and it seemed that I might miss the bloom this year. 'What's the big deal about sakura??' I hear you ask.. I can't answer for everyone else, but to me sakura bloom marks THE END of looooonnnnnnng harsh winter and the arrival of warm breeze. It marks the beginning of life and spring wardrobe (you should see the dull winter colours - grey, black, err did mention grey and the material type - all woolly and heavy *sigh*). So, since I'm yearning for sakura, let me show you some sakura pics from previous years taken by me around our small town.