In the last two or three years I've associated winter with worry and with illness - difficult things have happened during the winter months, but I think my dread of it is lifting. This year I've managed to see winter as a natural part of the year, rather than a dismal aberration.
Despite me being able to be more accepting of winter I have still been slightly obsessive in hunting for signs of Spring. I've realised that if it were the 25th July, six months from now, and I were posting about the signs of winter it would seem odd, but finding these tiny flowers gave me a real thrill this morning. I was surprised that the snowdrops and aconites were flowering already.
The Splash of Colour Project has been a real boost too. Our final splash begins next Tuesday, 1st February but meanwhile I made a sidebar button out of the little aconite I found in my friend's garden - do go and take a look at the Flickr pool - it'll make you feel good.
Meanwhile thankyou so much for all your comments on my vintage seed label giveaway. The lucky winners are number 3:
Jacquie at Bunny Mummy, and number 50:
Steph at Curlew Country.
Congratulations - a parcel of cheery is coming your way!