February is here already. Outside the floods, piercing rain and high winds are still with us. On my windowsill a white cyclamen glistens with midwinter cheer. We are just past Candlemas (2nd February) - halfway between the winter and spring solstice. And nearly at Valentine's Day.
There have been a few sunny days in between the very wet ones and with the milder winter temperatures have brought the birds out rejoicing in full throat.
On Sunday I heard and saw a mistle thrush wildly singing in the treetops, against a backdrop of a clear blue sky.
And dainty snowdrops have suddenly appeared above ground.
'Deep sleeps the Winter, Cold, wet, and grey; Surely all the world is dead; Spring is far away, Wait! the world shall awaken,
It is not dead, for lo. The Fair maids of February '
(Cicely Mary Barker)
And here she is 'The Snowdrop Fairy'
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