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The sunshine is up there even on the cloudiest of days.

Byline: Jade Wright Upfront and opinionated - welcome to my world

I'M A great believer that a little bit of sunshine can make anywhere look beautiful.

There's something about that bright clean light that brings a glow to even the most mundane surroundings.

In the same way that everyone looks better when they smile, there's no setting that can't be enhanced by a ray or two of summer sun.

Sadly it's all too infrequent, so we have to grab the opportunity where we can.

Last weekend was a real treat, and it's looking like the sun is on its way back this week too.

Yesterday, as weak sunshine struggled its way through gusty clouds, I walked down Old Hall Street to see hopeful office workers, perched awkwardly on the stone benches, grimly enjoying an al fresco lunch.

The sun may have been bright but cold, the wind may have been chilly, but they weren't going to let a little thing like weather spoil their picnic.

Nothing gets between us and our plastic tubs of sandwiches - not even our goose pimples.

That commitment to getting fresh air in defiance of all good sense is one of our most endearing national characteristics.

Happily, it looks like it's brightening up at last, and not only does the sunshine make everything look nicer and picnics more fun, it also makes us all feel better.

Plenty of people won't be able to go on holiday this year, but a sunny day is like a free holiday for us all.

It puts a sheen of loveliness on our everyday lives, making day trips enjoyable and evenings in the garden, a real treat.

My dogs have had puppies and over the last few weeks I've loved sitting in the garden watching the pups run around in the fresh air.

There's something about seeing them enjoying things for the first time that's inspiring me to spend more time doing things I really like.

Springer spaniels have their own brand of enthusiasm - my dogs adore everything - so every walk in the park or bowl of dog food is the best thing that's ever happened.

Their view of life is that every day is a sunny day - and that everything looks perfect just as it is.

I think I could learn a lot from them. Like the old saying goes - the sun is always shining up there, it's just that sometimes the clouds get in the way.

There are always lovely things happening, if only we stop to look at them.

So this week I'm going to enjoy the sunshine whatever the weather - and if the clouds do part for a while then all the better.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 1, 2013
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