This time last year, snowdrops had no sooner popped up their heads than they decided it was just too, too cold, and popped their heads back in again. About six weeks later than usual they warily reappeared. A lot of hardy plants didn’t survive last winter here in Scotland, and those that did, either partially presented, appearing half dead, or, appeared very late indeed. The ground was so cold that bulbs that would have flowered by June, were pushing through green shoots in mid August and were then fading away by the end of September. So, there was not much of a flowering season for anything or anyone.

Today, the clumps of snowdrops are prolific. Wherever you walked there were carpets of them to be seen. Many people have been remarking upon the lovely sight of the snowdrops, I suspect, in part, because it is all so different from 2011. I didn’t have my camera with me today, however, instead of flowering plant life, here is a picture of some other new life of the year.

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These Suffolk lamb twin girls were born on the 11th January this year. In this picture, the lambs are about twelve days old, they are following mum, Megan, back into the lambing shed. It was a cold bright day, where the frost lifted, allowing the lambs to experience the outdoors for a little while, then return to the protection of the shed before the temperatures dropped. Being a month old today,now bigger and stronger, the lambs with their mum are to be seen more regularly out in the field.



  1. I love to see the snowdrops…after a dearth of flowers they are such a delight!!!

    We lost all sorts last year, mainly plants that are non-native like the bay etc…shame as they are such slow growers.

    I love the photo…awwwwww….. I haven’t seen any lambs yet, maybe they are being kept in. xxx

  2. Depending where you are, and what your farmers have planned with their flocks, it may be a bit early for lambs. Our farmer neighbours are just starting the main lambing; we’ve seen a few in dribs and drabs. None are left out at night at present, some won’t sniff fresh air for a week or so if the weather turns really cold again, as it could. Likewise, if it is cold and damp.

    Glad you liked the pic.

  3. Thank you for this lovely photograph. I lived in the Usk Valley in Wales for twelve years, and never ever tired of seeing and sketching the new lambs which usually began to appear right about now:)x

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