From inside the outside looked bright, cheery and tempting.  So, we, that’s hubs and me, invited ourselves out for a coffee this afternoon.  There was a noticeable icy breeze, truly icy. It wasn’t too bad once we’d got used to the feel of it. I was glad of the thick jeans I was wearing, (these days, jeans seem to be made with much thinner denim cloth).  Together with my hip length padded jacket and a big scarf wrapped round my collar it all worked a treat. Hubs was well wrapped up too.

Crossing a bridge, I saw a tight ‘ruck’ of Snowdrops, the first I had seen this year. They bank onto a river.  In another week or so, the whole bank should be carpeted with them.


We arrived at our destination and found our favourite seating area was free and only one person, the manageress,  was at a table. It was an oasis of calm.  A lot of people favour the same seating area, and  it can be teeming with bodies from whom emanates a very high volume cacophony of sound.  A group of teachers is one of the noisiest.  Next are parents who allow their little offspring with their metal toys -small cars  mostly-to bang them on  the glass table tops. The kids love it. This is an efficient way to clear the nook of other customers!

P1000411 Young Dougal 2

On the way home  we wandered up to a farm and bought some fresh eggs, chatted to the shepherdess, who also runs the egg enterprise and does lots of other things in the modern diversified life of farming.  p1010089

A plop of icy sleet startled me, followed by a few more plops.  Then I noticed an unexpected clump of bright yellow in the shelter of closely planted leafless bushes.  Crocuses were about to bloom.  Is spring around the corner?



  1. It looks like you are going to have an early spring, that will make a nice change. It’s always lovely getting out in cold weather, wrapping up is the way to go. I’m a little shocked to be back in the cold, it’s horrible here at the

  2. Not sure about an early spring Snowbird,., I’m cautious as you can see. It’s still very cold here. One small clump of sheltered crocuses was nice to see.

    You must be finding it hard to adjust to the climate here at home. Xx

  3. A most enjoyable post and lovely pictures. It’s always good to see snowdrops en masse like that. Let’s hope that it is just around the corner xx

    • Hello Mr F.

      Glad you liked the pics. The snowdrops were from pictures I took a previous year. We have sleet and watery non settling snows so far this year. I am surprised that anything has decided to spring up, the weather conditions just do not seem to be right.

      On a walk yesterday, I saw quite a lot of Snowdrops developing, closed clumps of Daffodils, or, maybe they will turn out to be a form of Narcissi, they were small. Also there were immature Crocuses appearing. All the shoots were amongst the shelter of trees.


  4. AnneMarie, that’s a bloomin’ super description of how the season is travelling. Today proves it. I reckon anything that has popped up from its earthy nest is sorely regretting appearing. Talk sbout three wintry seasons in one day…..we have it and in spades!!

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