to know that the world is turning, and that the springtime is sure to come…

IMG_1545‘Winter is the season when we best see how the trees grow; bare of leaves they show the structure of branch and stem. The life of many things may seem to pause during the winter; but this is not so, for although the sap is scarcely moving, the buds of next springtime are slowing swelling. Hedgehogs and dormice have gone to sleep in their winter retreats, and many families of field-mice are sleeping for much of their time in their mossy nest. So, too, are the queen bumble-bees asleep in their deserted mouse-nests of last year. Away from frost and snow, worms and moles burrow more deeply in the earth than in summer. In moist soil the bulbs of bluebells, snowdrops and Lent lilies are already beginning to put out their first root and their shoots. They seem to know that the world is turning, and that the springtime is sure to come.’

What To Look For In Winter, A Ladybird Nature Book

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