Watching the trees; the trees watching us

Radio 4 put Lord of Misrule in charge today on the assumption that after Twelfth Night we would be in a mid-winter low.

Indeed one doesn’t think of the first week in January being a time of life but seventeen days after the solstice we have fifteen minutes extra daylight at the end of the afternoon – and one less minute of daylight in the morning. But these 14 extra minutes are being registered all around. Egg laying is up, territorial bird calls are more intense, and some buds are swelling

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Sometimes, as we watch the trees, we seem to catch them peeping at us
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Some of last year’s flowers are reluctant to relinquish their colour
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as it seeps away
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