So I decided today was the day to sow some seeds.
And as the hawthorn leaves begin to pop in the hedgerows, I start to look for signs of life in the veggie beds......
...tiny green nibs of garlic poking through the soil.
Also, the hardwood cuttings that I took from the gooseberry bushes when I pruned them, are starting to produce little frills of green from the buds.
They have spent the whole winter looking like rather unprepossessing thorny pencils stuck in the ground - but now they promise to be new little plants. (For free too - what could be better?)
I know it's not really enough for a fanfare of trumpets - but these little green shoots are the first hints of warmth and growth and good things to come.