After weeks of grey, unending drizzle, we’re finally seeing a bit of sun. Mushrooms abound in the yard, revelling in the dank mist we’ve been swimming through for a fortnight. We are all eagerly awaiting passing of the solstice and the lengthening of the days.
Though it is still pretty dark and drear, and the days will still be short for some time, there are signs of the spring to come.
Lambing has started. This is the time of year when the neighbours grow noisy, with lambs and ewes calling to one another day and night.
The preying mantids are gone, but their egg cases are dotted around the yard, promising a healthy population of my favourite predators come spring.
The daffodils and snowdrops are coming up, and I’ve even seen them blooming in other people’s yards.
And tomorrow is the solstice. Friday, the sun will remain above the horizon fractionally longer than it did the previous day. We’ll be on the upswing.
Last night was the longest night of the year. It’s fitting that we all overslept this morning. Everyone left for work and school in the dark, and will come home in the dark. To add to the dark of this winter solstice, the day is overcast.
But all is not black and bleak.
Yesterday, we saw the first of this year’s lambs bouncing around in the neighbour’s paddock.
The young blackbirds and magpies are already singing and vying for territories.
The breeze is from the north today, soft and gentle.
And from here, the days will only get longer.
At the bottom of the well, there is only one way to go.
So we’ll enjoy the sun while it lasts, light the table with candles this evening, and look forward to our slow climb toward spring.
A happy solstice to you, whichever one you are enjoying today.