Friday, 28 January 2011
Winter has not lost its icy grip
although the sun rides higher in the sky
and bathes the sheltered corner with its warmth.
For in the shaded lane the muddy pools
are frosted with an ever-changing art
that tempts the foot to shatter with a crack
that echoes through the cold, sharp air.
And in the hedge
awaits a shaft of sun
to make it show
its golden face again.
No, although it is a very sunny day here there was a very sharp frost and a sprinkling of snow this morning. And as we drove to Northallerton we could follow the course of the River Ure by the fog which hung over it.
We still have to get through February. But - at the moment there is a super gardening programme on our television every Friday evening, looking at Carol Klein's garden throughout the year. She quite rightly says that even in the darkest days of Winter magical things are happening under the soil in our gardens.
So, thinking about that, I have just been round the front garden with my camera and found six things to cheer me up - and I hope they cheer you up too. Alright, some of them are pretty tatty and look as though they have been through the mill. But they are all harbingers of Spring - so enjoy the magic moment.
Flowers - left to right, top to bottom:
Primula wanda Helleborus argutifolius
Aconite Helleborus niger (Christmas rose)
(This is the first poem I have written since I was ill - the first poem in fact that I have felt like writing.)
today's aros: magic workings underground bring forth early Spring flowers.