Well the decorations are down and in doing so the urge to dig over the allotment has surfaced - I shall start mid-January. This year, although not the best weather wise, has still brought a bountiful harvest and sprouts picked on Christmas Eve.
The nights are lighter (as yet indistinguishably so) and Spring is on it's way. I bought my husband a bird box with a web cam in it for his Christmas gift and lo and behold within 10 minutes of putting it in the tree and picking up the CCTV signal on the computer there was a long tailed tit in there. It snored away all night and left as the dawn approached. It was back again this morning and when I work out how to upload a photo I will have to post it here. Meanwhile you'll have to make do with some sweet little grape hyacinths as an image of the passing of the winter solstice and the move towards Spring. These were on my in-laws' kitchen windowsill on Boxing Day where we had festive gammon and the traditional family weep at E.T. !!