Sunday was a lovely day – it didn’t rain and it didn’t blow a gale and the sun shone. Hooray!
I was in Norfolk and saw the odd bird or two and it felt like we were coming towards the end of winter because I also saw…
Carpets of snowdrops.
I like snowdrops – don’t we all? Probably not, because we aren’t all the same.
I like snowdrops because:
- I can identify them and remember their name – an unusual combination for me and plants.
- Their spreading carpets in February brighten up an otherwise rather flowerless time of year.
- They suggest winter is coming to an end and spring may be peeking at us from the distance.
Hares being a bit mad in the fields.
I like Hares because:
- They aren’t Rabbits.
- They run around open landscapes at this time of year looking busy and interesting.
- They remind me of places and times back to my childhood when I have watched them in the past.
And what do they have in common? Well, apart from the fact that they brightened up my Sunday, and that this is a good time of year to see both of them, and despite the fact that they seemed typical of a sunny English February day – neither is (probably) native to the UK. Snowdrops were thought to be native but are now thought to be relatively recent arrivals and Brown or European Hares appears to have been absent from post-glacial Britain until around the times of the Romans (I came, I saw, I brought you the European Hare!).