Monday, 14 February 2011
Can't you feel it?.......
......the ground, stirring beneath your feet? Snowdrops in flower, crocus in flower, florists with trays of flowering primulas outside, winter jasmine in full bloom and tiny shoots of nettles, cow parsley, late tulips and the like - all pushing through, all eager to get going on growing.
Today I have heard the mistle thrush singing, the blackbird singing, the robin singing and all manner of little birds cheeping and calling to one another. A pair of blue tits have rented the box down the field and are busy doing repairs and a pair of blackbirds are definitely house-hunting in the clematis in the front garden.
Alexander Girault, my lovely pink climbing rose, is just beginning to show shoots. As he has been quite drastically cut back (he was stopping the weather vane from working) I can now see that last year there was a blackbird's nest there too. What a lovely place to build - surrounded by a froth of pink roses and lulled to sleep by the humming of bees. What could be better?
Our television gave up the ghost yesterday and this afternoon we drove to the little town of Bedale (in the photograph) and bought a new one. Coming back we saw that almost all the hedges are now cut. Farmers are asked to cut their hedges well before the end of February to give nesting birds a chance. Ours were cut about a month ago - we like to be early, particularly in one field, where we have nesting yellow hammers every year.
Oh isn't it exciting? Every year the coming of Spring makes me feel good. No wonder country people in the old days celebrated its arrival. Five weeks today will be the Spring Equinox - let the countdown begin.