Today is the last day of the longest and hardest month of the year. I always, always find January a slog and for whatever reason it seems an even harder wade through treacle this year than usual; it’s felt like 31 days of Monday mornings when you’ve had no sleep and it’s dark and freeeeezing ALL THE TIME. Rubbish. No offence January but don’t hurry back!
February though has many more positive aspects and I am feeling decidedly chipper at its offerings. The best one is that on 2nd Feb it is Imbloc / Candlemas / St Brigid’s Day – call it what you will, what it means is that we are equidistant between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox so from here on in we are closer to Spring than Winter. Yes! If I were a Druid (or suchlike) I would be getting out the robes and the insense and probably doing something to virgins and/or saplings. I will settle for, perhaps a scented candle and a big thumbs up to the calendar who is my friend again.
You can tell there’s a change in the air, just look at these words flowing from my fingers for one. I also managed to drag myself from the house with a camera, the soul purpose to find some colour and life; some hope. I found lots – of course I did, nature is AWESOME.
Snowdrops – a sign from nature not to give up. Just when you think that winter is here forever and you’ll never be warm again here’s a sign that life, fertility, beauty is just around the corner, just hang on in there.
The little nubby buds that cap the ends of a million twiggy branches are beginning to swell and make trees glow with potential life.
And look at these; catkins! Like little lambs tails (if the lambs were the same colour as a yellow highlighter pen)…
Everything is better when the sun is shining and the sky is blue.