I was walking to the village shop this morning via the back lane, and it was there! The lilac is out.
I took one little blossom so I could bring it home and put it on my desk to distract me from my pile of work. Then I spotted my neighbours' japonica, which hangs temptingly over our side of the garden, so I stole a little bit of that as well. I blame Country Living for this outbreak of flower smuggling. The blossom on that cover is just divine.