Wednesday, 1 February 2012
The beginning of February and maybe because we haven't had any snow yet, or many days of cold weather, it really doesn't feel as if we are already in the second month of the year.
February can be very cold and we could still get heavy snow but in the morning sunlight this week the countryside seemed ready for spring.
The calm was broken by the noise of hedge cutting,
a process that always seems very brutal with the modern machines tearing at the hedges rather than cutting them
and covering the lane with fragments of sticks and twigs.
I know that within a few weeks the hedges will be green again and the broken branches will recover. Already the small shoots of honeysuckle leaves are emerging, braving the cold and facing the sun. Although there may be still some winter weather to come, here spring is slowly beginning.