The trees are bare, the gardens are lifeless but if you look carefully - as I do when I walk very slowly round the estate (I can't walk quickly)- there are signs of life everywhere. And this morning I opened the patio doors to let Tess out into the garden at seven o'clock and I would have said it was still dark but a blackbird was singing. And ten minutes later, when I let her back in, a blue tit had joined in. Now it is afternoon and although the temperature is considerably down on yesterday it isn't really cold. the sky is quite blue, the breeze is quite light and it isn't particularly wintry in spite of being January. Last year 'the beast from the east' surprised us all at the end of February - let's just hope we don't have a repeat version this year. So - I went round with my camera to photograph anything that showed signs of life in the garden. They are all a bit battered from the wind and the rain - but they are survivors all and give a hint of what is to come. So enjoy and look forward to Spring.
And last, but by no means least, the first daisy in the lawn!