A New Year gives a chance to turn new leaves.
What better way to signify it, than to find the fresh green of Arum maculatum, or Lords and Ladies, pushing up through the leaf litter today.
Whilst we can't deny it has been wet and windy of late, it has actually been very mild for the time of year, which in turn has brought on this early growth. This time last year, it was very cold and we had to wait for weeks into February before anything was as advanced as this.
I will enjoy it whilst I can as no doubt in a few days, the weather will once again turn another leaf, be it physically or metaphorically.