"I took a stroll down the hill to look at my bees, and they were out in force enjoying the balmy weather. There's really not that much bee fodder available this early, even though it has been an extraordinarily mild winter, so I was relieved to see them making full use of the gorse blossom near their hive. The snowdrops haven't yet opened, but there are daffodils in the bottom of the hedge that are nearly out, and on the way back to the house I found a clump of crocuses opening wide smiling faces to the sun. "
Just a few days after that we had inches of snow and ice!
This year I can report that the weather is cold, wet and stormy. The bees are very sensibly staying home and feeding themselves on their honey stores. But the crocuses are out (though staying tightly furled against the elements) and the snowdrops and daffodils will soon be joining them. Hopefully cold, wet weather at Imbolc/Groundhog day means (if groundhogs know about these things in Wales) that real spring is not too far around the corner.
My first ever blog post was about the weather, because I didn't really know what else to write. I just knew I wanted to get started writing! Since then I have written about my day to day life, as well as pondering such diverse topics as gratitude, ageing, elderflowers, peace, community, infertility, history and magic. Blogging has been a great way to stay in touch with friends, family and loved ones via this and their own blogs. I have also had such a blast discovering for myself the many talented bloggers out there in cyberspace. But the best thing of all has been discovering a whole new community of blogging friends.
Many, many thanks to everyone who has taken time to read and/or comment on my blog over the last year. Happy Birthday, moonroot.blogspot.com/!
P.S. The photo is of an altar I set up to Brigid at Imbolc last year. The bowl contains many of Her symbols - a tiny anvil, some rowan berries, a herb knife, a candle etc - symbolising Her triple aspects as Goddess of smithcraft, healing and poetry.