....good morning sunshine....
What an amazing day for January! Even though I live in the south I don't recall many days this perfect in mid-Winter.
Awoke to a gorgeous sunrise. It was so mild outside when I opened the front door, I almost skipped down the driveway at 6:45 AM to collect the newspaper thinking Spring was here already.
The temperature must have peaked around 70 degrees by late morning with just a tiny wisp of a breeze in the air.
So what did we do for much of the day? Gardening chores of course. Well they hardly felt like chores, more like spending a delightful time getting exercise and enjoying Nature. We raked leaves, trimmed plants, and did a general clean up, much needed I must add as I've be remiss in keeping up whilst away so much! By noon my jacket was off and I was almost ready to dig out a pair of shorts!
Due to this extremely mild Winter our wood pile hasn't been depleted much at all. We've had several lovely crackling fires on the hearth but not every evening as is usual, it's just too warm. Our annual cord of wood may still be high at the start of next Winter.
Daffodil and bluebell bulbs have started sending up brilliant green leaves, roses and camellias are blooming..........and look at the fabulous Italian parsley, tons of it growing all around the garden. What a treat to have fresh herbs to pick in Winter.
How long can it last though? Surely Winter is lurking out there somewhere. Will there be a rude awakening soon? This time last year we had just dug out from a heavy snow and the days and nights were so cold.
So, I'm loving it and making the most of it - because Mother Nature can fool us. February, March, and even April can be cruel months.
Dear friends, how's the weather in your neck of woods?