I went for a walk the other day and the temperature was 12 degrees as I stepped out of the house. I didn’t need a coat, it had been left at home alongside my hat, scarf and gloves.
All this was very uplifting but all very wrong, it just doesn’t feel right. As I enjoyed these early signs of spring, I was aware that something is not quite right with the natural world too.
While the warmer winter may feel a lot nicer for ourselves, as long as you ignore the biblical amounts of rain, it does pose a very severe risk to nature’s early risers if it suddenly changes — as it has in the days since writing this column. With two months of winter still to go, we are by no means out of the woods regarding more cold snaps. When more arrive they will no doubt go a long way to undoing the progress that plants have made so far. So my advice is to get out and see what signs of spring you can find for yourself. Most importantly, enjoy them while you can. They might not be around for too much longer.