December and January seemed to last forever. In early December a cold snap hit and lasted for weeks. We had snow in the southern Cotswolds, but not as much as other parts of England. For a couple of weeks driving was difficult and, with the short days (pitch black at 5pm), we did not venture out of the house much. By the end of the month I felt “cabin bound”.
In January the typical English winter weather arrived – overcast, drizzle, rain – bleak. We are both working on a new website project, so have been spending our time coding instead of hiking for the last several months. In contrast to the “best summer of my life” where we were out hiking all day long, now my life takes place in this cottage, with occasional outings for groceries and walks.
Even the cat is cabin bound. On cold days he goes outside for two minutes, then comes back into the house howling. Then he races up and down the stairs, in and out of rooms (this is a big cottage on three levels, so lots of running space), howling. Finally he settles down under a radiator and sleeps for 12 hours.
We had an exciting short break planned in Rome for the end of January, but we both came down with a flu and had to cancel at the very last minute (the morning we were supposed to be driving to Bristol airport). So instead of walking the Archaeological sites of Rome and Lazio, dropping into cafes for a quick coffee, having lovely long dinners together, we were both in bed exhausted and queasy.
Now we are recovering, the days are getting longer, the weather is mild, the sun is hitting our northern slope neighborhood and yesterday when walking in Woodchester Park, we came across a hillside of snowdrops. Spring is in the air.
See the Snowdrops
In England the Snowdrops arrive in February to tell us that Spring is just around the corner. Many estates and park areas open up on February weekends. Here is a list of places to see Snowdrops throughout England – Great British Gardens – Snowdrops 2011.
This week we have garden enthusiast friends visiting (W+R) and will be heading out to the Painswick Rococo Gardens who are famous for their Snowdrops. We visited these gardens last summer and they are lovely.
I think the Snowdrops are going to yank me out of my winter malaise and get me thinking about the wonderful spring and summer ahead of us.
Hey, the sun is out! Gotta go …
See more photos of Snowdrops in Painswick Rococo Gardens on Cotswolder.