We’ve been quite lucky in the east of England as we’ve escaped the severe flooding from the south coast. And it’s definitely looking like spring here. On Saturday afternoon (as I’ve just delivered a book and am due to start the next one this morning) DH and I skived off to visit some of the gorgeous ancient churches in Norfolk, and we found the most beautiful snowdrops – I thought you’d like to see them!
These were in the churchyard at Colney – one of the older churches in the county as it has a round tower.
As you can see, there’s a very large memorial placed above the porch – it’s quite an unusual one, to John Fox who was run down by a wagon and horses. As you might be able to see in the close-up pic, there’s a reminder to the reader: ‘If thou drivest a team be careful and endanger not the life of another or thine own.’ For us it’s a little bit close to the bone at the moment, because my husband was sitting in traffic at the beginning of last month when a forty-ton lorry came steaming down the road and, um, failed to stop. Luckily it pushed him into the empty carriageway rather than into the car in front, or the situation would’ve been an awful lot worse; as it is, my poor husband hit his head on the steering wheel (and consequently had black eyes for the next three weeks), has whiplash and had a bump on his head the size of a fist when
I met him in the emergency department, so he’s been on pretty strong painkillers since the crash. (And yes, being a Meds author, I knew the worst-case scenarios and was panicking ever so slightly about subdural haemorrhages, undiagnosed cervical hairline fractures and the like – and I had to pretend I hadn’t seen the monitor he was hooked up to because the figures were really not very nice!)
But rather than dwell on the dark side, I’d rather focus on the fact that it’s spring and we’re soon going to have gorgeous tiny flowers everywhere. I love snowdrops, but my favourites are grape hyacinths and those tiny blue irises.
What are your favourite signs of spring (or autumn, in the southern hemisphere)?