As January comes to a close, we can look back and reflect on a month that was generally cold, bleak and windy. A week of high winds meant that we had to urgently repair the garden shed roof. The mornings are still dark until around 8 am, but the afternoons stay light until around 4.30 now here.
For the first few weeks there was not much activity out in the fields or in the garden, other than the birds devouring holders full of seed within two days.
By the end of the month, however, the snowdrops are beginning to flower and many green tulip and daffodil shoots are now visible. Today (the 22nd) was the first time we have cycled and felt a slight spring-like warmth. The roads were extremely muddy, though, as a result of several fields being freshly ploughed, turning the soil over and spreading slurry, giving the air that unique aroma.
2018 had some heavy snow in mid-January and 2019 a little at the very end, but 2020 has not seen any as yet.