February can seem so dull, lacking the newness of the year in January or the spring joyfulness of March. The fields and the garden are too wet to work, there are muddy patches to negotiate on every walk and too many days are grey and overcast. It’s the time of year for catching up with all the niggling jobs that have been put off, for repairing machines and buildings and for sorting, cleaning, discarding, recycling and reorganising on the farm and in the house.
Thankfully, there are bright spots to relieve the greyness and tedium.
Farming conferences, farm machinery shows and training days bring a little light relief and we’ve been temporarily transported back into the sparkle and glitz of Christmas at trade shows while ordering our 2018 decorations.
Lichen on the bare branches of the hedges brings a splash of colour.
An ancient oak tree stands proud against the bright blue sky on a sunny day.
The shadow from a tree creates a piece of wall art on the side of a barn while …
… the shadow of a gate suggests the pattern for a parterre garden.
A bright day gives dramatic reflections in the window.
Looking in through a window, past the rippled reflections of the old glass, to see a piece of ivy still entwined amongst the candles makes me realise that I haven’t taken down all my Christmas decorations.
On a winter’s afternoon, the scattering of snowdrops and crocus underneath the apple tree holds the promise that spring isn’t too far away.
Maybe February isn’t so dull after all.