February in Nature
February is here and in this little bit of the country at least, spring is beginning to feel like it could be on the way. In this newsletter I would like to introduce you to our latest small batch of vintage wool waistcoats in raspberry. We have just four of these available. Maybe a romantic colour for Valentines next week? I'm putting in a link to a favourite song of mine, it's currently on heavy repeat in the studio. I hope you like it too. I also thought it might be nice to remind you of some things to look out for in nature this month, in a month that can still feel dark and gloomy, there are uplifting treasures to be spotted for those who look. x
Natures Sights and Sounds - February
On those glorious first sunny days at the end of winter, as you walk into the light, perhaps blinded by your first rays of sun in weeks, listen out for the hum of bumblebees. Sunny days can draw out bumblebees, taking advantage of nectar from early flowers such as crocuses. Large queens bees will be looking for spots to start a hive after hibernation.
After the darkness of winter, snowdrops are a welcome and early sign that spring is on its way. The origins of UK snowdrops are a mystery – they are associated with purity and thus were planted around religious sites from the middle ages onwards so there is some question as to whether it is a native flower. Whatever the case, it is a welcome bloom in this most flowerless of months.
Also not to be missed it the merry Primrose. This cheerful yellow woodland and hedge bank flower is the prima rosa because it was deemed the first flower of the year (though the snowdrop would probably have a say in the matter). It was once picked in huge numbers and sent on trains from the countryside to London, where it would be sold in small bunches at Easter.
Roe Deer - Bare hedges and leafless woods coupled with lengthening days mean that woodland wildlife is at its easiest to see now.
Take a walk in any local wood and spend time looking beneath the browse line – below which most of the tree foliage has been eaten by deer. You should strike lucky and see roe deer.
Train journeys are even better – look along the margins of wintry fields and you’re bound to catch sight of small groups of deer.
Irma Thomas - Ruler of my heart