I was out wandering around Head Rambles Manor on Christmas Eve.
I saw something that surprised me. In fact it surprised me so much that I photographed it..
Now that may not look like much. It looks like a bit of scrubland, which in fact it is. It is an area that is normally shaded by a weeping birch and during the summer, it is completely hidden. In the winter, however, it is exposed to full view, but as the photograph shows, there isn’t that much to be seen usually.
So what did I see there?
Here is a closer shot..
Those green spikes sticking up in clusters are snowdrops.
Normally I wouldn’t see them until into the new year, yet there they are.
Having seen them, I poked around in another part of the estate and found that the daffodils are up also.
I suppose some of you may say that there is nothing unusual in this, but Head Rambles Manor is at quite an altitude, and growth here is a little behind the rest of the country, with the lower temperatures that we experience.
The first sign of daffodils and snowdrops is always a cheering thing.
Spring is on the way.