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Little Hints Of Spring In The Air

Bough Of Catkins,Rocking Dog

Bough Of Catkins

Looking back at the Rocking Dog blog posts of the first month of 2017 it must seem I have been tucked up in the kennel and not ventured out much. Although highly tempting to huddle somewhere warm and cosy there is an energetic Real Live Rocking Dog to walk. Through mud, rain and wintry greyness he tackles his twice daily treks with gusto. With a new pair of unleaky sale price “Hunters” my walks are thankfully definitely more pleasurable than they have been over the last few months!

Yesterday there were tantalising little hints of spring being in the air. Boughs of citrine yellow catkins swayed in the breeze enjoying a brief window of winter sunshine and blue tinged skies. I loved the branches of pretty pink blossom and vowed that “yes” I wanted one of these early flowering shrubs in my garden. In the nook of an ancient Copper Beech  someone had carefully positioned a jar of cheerful daffodils. Whilst I walked I wondered whether the lovely floral shrine had been created to remember a much loved human or pet. I pondered a lot.

Meanwhile on the swollen river a forlorn Cormorant seemed to be waiting for a mate to swoop in. I hope St Valentine lends a helping hand.

At home the snowdrops have gallantly pushed through, poor little things they have had quite a struggle to get through a thick layer of decomposing leaves. Why oh why didn’t I get around to “closing up the garden” in the autumn! With drier days hopefully in the air I can get on out there and absolve my guilt for abandoning all plans and hard grafting during 2016.

I hope hints of Spring are beginning to spring up wherever you are in the world. Love Rocking Dog x

PS. The food just keeps a comin’! Recipe tested yesterday a Courgette, Tomato & Buffalo Mozzarella Gratin and a  delicious Caramelised Carrot, Red Onion and Feta Tarte Tartin. We are being truly spoilt by talented recipe developer daughter. Thank you. Slim Fast next week me thinks and some jet propelled walking in the new boots!

Pretty Pink,Rocking Dog

Pretty Pink

Blue Tinge Sky, Rocking Dog

Blue Tinge Sky

Hardy Snowdrops,Rocking Dog

Hardy Snowdrops

Looking For A Mate,Rocking Dog

Looking For A Mate

Promise Of Spring Shrine,Rocking Dog

Promise Of Spring Shrine

The Food Keeps A Comin'!,Rocking Dog

The Food Keeps A Comin’!

January Nature Table

Winter Flora And Wool, Rocking Dog

Winter Flora And Wool

Walking in winter, cheek chiseling cold, brain numbing, teeth chattering and invigorating! Even in winter there are lovely things to see growing and evolving. My January nature table enjoys pickings of predominantly green hues. As the winter extends into spring, green will turn to the yellows of Forsythia, Wild Primroses and Daffodils.

There is a bounty of food for the birds, juicy globes of ivy berries and rose hips. Meanwhile, delicate Churlish Green catkins remind us that spring is tantalisingly close. Moss and ferns, verdantly green, bask in their shady dells and the leaves of autumn provide a carpet of rusts and browns.

Hellebore, (the Lenten or Christmas Rose) is a welcome floral display in these short January days. Originating in Europe and Asia, throughout history they have been used for medicinal purposes even though they are highly toxic. The plant is thought to have been used by Hippocrates as a purgative. Meanwhile the dramatic Black Hellebore has been used in ancient times to treat paralysis, gout and insanity. Alexander The Great is thought to have died as a result of taking medicine containing Hellebore.

You know how much I love a good story… so… Hellebore Niger is often called the Christmas Rose, due to an old legend that the plant sprouted in the snow from the tears of young girl who had no gift to give the Christ child in Bethlehem. Aaaaahh!

Lastly I love the amazing fungi which I photographed in the winter sunshine, it really did seem that it was positively sunbathing.

Bird Food, Rocking Dog

Bird Food

Fabulous Ferns, Rocking Dog

Fabulous Ferns

Exotic Hellebore, Rocking Dog

Exotic Hellebore

Sunbathing Fungi, Rocking Dog

Sunbathing Fungi