1st March, the first day of spring and a beautiful morning. Plenty of snowdrops and early daffodils were in evidence on our walk this morning. But the kitchen garden at Kingston Lacy was mainly bare earth with not much to see.
Except for these wonderful little creatures …
We watched them enjoying digging deep in the mud, snuffling and snorting, and even blowing bubbles. They obviously see (smell?) things under the earth that we are oblivious of…
All a matter of perception I suppose!
Today has been wet, with leaden skies. But I have been cheering my self by working on a stitch picture of snowdrops.
It is amazing how they stay bright even in the mud, shining like stars on a grey day.
Although the morning was dull and cloudy we decided to get out to see the sea. We had an early lunch of tasty soup at the Russell Cotes Museum, overlooking the beautiful hazy Bournemouth bay, with a view across to Old Harry rocks.
Then the clouds cleared and we wandered down to the pier to watch other beach walkers and the zip-wire riders. The sun was warm while it lasted, just for a few pleasant February hours.
After a month of posting “small stones” it was strange not to be storing moments of paying attention to post here!
But that’s why I like to start the year with a month of noticing, it gets me in the habit…
This week the snow followed us south, a beautiful soft and light covering, but it didn’t last long.
Instead another sprinkling is now decorating the ground – snowdrops.
Clusters in the garden, and in swathes at Kingston Lacy House this sunny morning.