Signs of Spring and a Cocks Step. A Monday Moment

floodland jan15

This last weekend was wild, wet and very windy the surrounding lands for some hours were flooded here in Mayo. However this Monday morning all is calm, sunny and mild as a take a stroll around the garden here at         Haremoon Cottage.

witchhazel jan15

My Witch Hazel with its pale yellow blossom delights me every January, it is the first to flower in my garden each year.

male catkins jan15

 

The male catkins on my Corkscrew Hazel started forming at the end of November but there is no sign yet of the female flower.

peeping daffs jan15

The daffodils are coming along nicely

primrose jan15

 

and the Primroses are bloomin lovely just outside my front door.

Robin jan15

 

And I am always accompanied with my friend Robin who likes to keep a watch out in case I do any gardening, looking for an early worm.

coiscéim coiligh footstep rooster

 

The signs of Spring are there and the days are getting a little bit longer “fad coiscéim coiligh ar an gcarnán aoiligh” or “the length of a cocks step on a the dung-heap” each day as my Grandfather used to say.

After the stormy weekend, today was beautiful I did no gardening I just enjoyed what the garden wish to do itself. However the weather forecast states that snow is on the way for Connaught and the North of Ireland from tonight.

“Despite the forecast, live like it’s spring.” Lilly Pulitzer.

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