On Sunday morning the excited, flushed face of my granddaughter appeared at the sitting room window, beckoning me to come outside and bring my camera. She had been standing in the garden watching a herd of about 18 deer moving through the wood next to the house. She was so thrilled and her invitation to come and watch them was irresistible! They were brilliantly camouflaged by the time they were in amongst the conifers on the edge of the wood. But we could just see them wandering and quietly grazing and then, finally, they were spooked enough to leap over the burn, into the field and away.
I had a little wander round the garden yesterday, just to see what was going on. The sun was shining and it felt almost springlike. It would seem that as well as the daylight hours lengthening, things are also stirring in the garden and spring is indeed well on its way. All the usual suspects are starting to bloom, crocus, primroses and some fabulous hellebores, and also some other special treats.