The wild service or chequer tree (Sorbus torminalis) in the lane outside has quite suddenly started into leaf.
There is a fat flower bud within the layer of silver leaves and so it looks like we shall have a great crop of fruit this year.
This phase of the tree is very brief. The flower will soon be open and the leaves turned to the sad green (as one author described them). If you are interested in this scarce British native species, now is the time to look for it in hedges and woods before it becomes almost invisible again.