So it snowed here, and we decided to stay put. Various rendez-vous were postponed, and except for a walk down a very slippery road and pavement to Town on Saturday, to pick up essentials, I took full advantage of the quiet time.
Now the snow has melted, some of the crocus tommasinianus 'Barr's Purple' are starting to open. They are joined by galanthus nivalis, and cyclamen coum which although flattened by the snow, have bounced back in time for IAVOM today. Overnight temperature rose from -4C to 11C, and with a light rain, almost all the snow has melted by this lunch time. Now the sun has come out, and the birds too are rejoicing.
The earliest crocus which has been cheering up the gloomy days is Crocus sieberi Firefly, and looking out for bulbs coming up draws me into the garden. This is a pale violet crocus with a yellow throat, and was in flower mid January, even piercing the snow. In between the harsh weather, we have bumblebees visiting the blooms.
I also love cosying up with a book when the weather prevents me from being outside. I started reading a novel, which Mandy had very generously passed on to me when we met up at a very sad time for me when we went up to say our final goodbyes to my friend Penny. I'm pleased I kept it for such an occasion as a 'snowin', I just could not put it down. No spoilers or reviews, but if you have yet to read it, I would highly recommend it. It may well be the book of 2019 for me. If I come across a better one this year, I shall be indeed fortunate. I love it when friends comment on the books they have read, or indeed give me their views of any of the books I mention.