This year began cold and frosty, then wet and very windy, turning our garden into a muddy mess, which only our ducks enjoyed.
Thoughts turned to what we will be growing this year, and the excitement of choosing and chitting our potatoes. This year we are trying Epicure, the most popular early potato in
We are also choosing vegetable seeds, comparing which varieties do best with us and only growing those vegetables we like to eat.
While contemplating all this, I have noticed some Golden Bunch crocuses flowering bravely in the chilly January air. There are other definite signs Spring is unfolding; the birds - mostly Great Tits, Robins, and Wrens - are singing, claiming their territory and calling for a mate. The blackbirds and hooded crows are already paired and defensive of their territories.
At times the sun is deceptively bright and we are fooled into thinking the season is more advanced than it really is, until a sudden hail shower delivers an icy slap, sending us indoors to dream by the fireside.