Today was lovely and sunny, quite a change after the cold and wet we have been enduring for many weeks. They say it has been the coldest winter for 30 years and it is not really over yet.
Looking out of one of our sitting room windows I was pleased to see how it framed some hazel catkins in the hedge beyond.
Inspired by this I took a walk in the woods past two strange trees that I see almost every day. One is a large oak with branches derived from epicormic shoots sprouting from the trunk.
The other a high coppiced sweet chestnut, almost a pollard. This is usually done to mark the edge or corner of a coup and not because the woodman could not be bothered to bend.
Back in the garden the sunshine had provoked the snowdrop flowers to expand fully, albeit about a month late.