Dateline: South-west London
I feel I'm cheating - getting a sneak preview. It'll be a few weeks before Western New York gets scenes like these - a flowering tree by Wimbledon Common and blossom litter on the pavement. (Actually a sidewalk to you Americans.)
Plus daffs out in force.
Add to that a waiter in the pub restaurant I went to who actually offered me a doggie bag to take the rest of my lunch home, just like they do in America. Unfortunately, also just like in America, he kept coming back every five minutes to ask if everything was OK. But he meant well. I get the feeling I'm experiencing the best of both worlds.