As a child one thing we did a lot of was going on short nature study rambles at school.
I guess our teachers were thinking of the idea of gentle exercise, slowing us down to appreciate the small miracles of nature and also the opportunity to make scrapbooks with writing, drawings and stuck in leaves etc about our experiences.
The impact it had on me was so much that continue to go on strolls and a couple of days ago noticed the pussy willow was out on the local trees.
It's been a generally mild winter and this has no doubt lead to things coming out early.
Today however we're back to the cold spells with daytime temperatures of 1 degrees C and minus 5 overnight with heavy snow. I'm off work today!