Amazingly although the winter weather is only just winding up with a couple of biting frosts and a lot of cold damp weather there are the first signs of new life appearing in the hedgerows already.
The hazel bush near the back gate is covered in immature catkins and at some point there'll be a signal sent from the roots or the branches, I don't know which, and the flowers will burst. My guess is it will be early to mid-March but I wouldn't put money on it.
This little group of catkins was right on the end of a branch and it was complete with a tiny drop of rain barely hanging hanging on to the tip of the catkin.
Never mind every drop counts.