Reasons to be Cheerful – The First Signs of Spring

I don’t need to tell you how much I hate Winter – you all know that by now. You have heard me whine often enough to know that I find the dark nights and cold weather and general greyness all rather wearisome. So I won’t spend another 500 words bitching about it. For a change! This is meant to be a Happy Monday post, afterall! Instead it’s about this:

Snowdrops 1

I spotted these little beauties while out on a Sunday afternoon walk with Bonnie. I was a pretty bland day – I’d been busy doing boring household chores while Dan did work in the garden and the weather was looking like it might just start hammering it down any minute, so I didn’t feel much like going out, but that wouldn’t have been fair on the pup, so I pulled on my boots and a warm coat and headed off to the woods. I wasn’t really paying much attention to my surroundings. It was a regular route we’ve done plenty of times before and my mind was busy planning what I needed to pack for the week ahead and thinking about what was in my diary at work. But then Bonnie pulled me off the path for a moment (probably in the direction of some delicious smelling animal excrement knowing her…) and I spotted them. A beautiful little cluster of snowdrops, all pristine and glowing against the mud.

I can’t tell you how much they made me smile! Not just because they’re pretty, but because of what they represent. The first blooms of the year – sweet little shoots of green bursting through the dirt to welcome a new season and chase away the dull and gloom of Winter. At last! Considering 2017 seemed to pass so fast, it feels as though it’s been Winter forever and my heart has been aching for a sign of Spring, and there it was. And as I looked up I realised it wasn’t just a little cluster of them – the whole woodland floor was carpeted in the darling little things! It was just the pick me up I needed. Of course the first signs of Spring don’t mean a huge amount – in the UK Spring basically means the days get a touch longer and it warms up about 2 degrees, but there is something about the changing of a season that always feels like a fresh start to me, and I welcome it with open arms.

Come on Spring, with all your freshness and green and budding flowers! Bring on the daylight and maybe even some sunshine! I am soooooo ready for you!




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