IF there is one thing that keeps The Happy Moonraker going through the winter it is the thought of spring. It is so heartening now to see signs of spring all around.
In Grovely Wood near Salisbury at the weekend I saw bluebell leaves through the brown beech leaves underfoot. In sheltered spots there are daffodils that have been around for at least a month, and snowdrops are still shaking their little white heads in the chilly breeze. Catkins adorn the naked branches of hazel bushes and there are plenty of hellebores in gardens and parks.
A river of mauve crocuses outside Salisbury Museum is now past its best but more will be flowering in exposed rural areas.