For most people this is probably the favourite time of the year. The mornings are lighter and dusk is later each day. Spring flowers are appearing everywhere. In my garden the snowdrops have been out for weeks, the crocuses, yellow and mauve, are well into bloom and daffodils are poking up their heads ready to flower.

In the midst of the struggles of life it is easy to forget God’s many gifts to us. The sound of the dawn chorus can lift our spirits above our worries and burdens. The slight warmth of the sun on our faces can remind us of God and give us hope. The smile or a friend or even a stranger can lessen the load we carry.

I know that not everyone can see hope at this time of years. There are those who mourn, those who are sick or in pain. Others are living in a war zone. God will send His own special gifts to these people, if only they are able to look for them.


The first sign of snowdrops in February is the first promise of spring. They seem so hardy to survive the severe weather we still have, especially up here in Cumbria. Mine have started to appear but they are so tiny. Each white flower is only millimetres from the earth. Does that mean they are more protected.? I pray that we, in our Christian lives may stay close to our Maker, so that we too, are more protected.

Falling Leaves

As I sweep up the autumn leaves I marvel once again at the miracles that God is giving us every day. The cycle of nature is unfailing. Because the leaves fall it is possible for the trees to gain strength during the winter months. Then when spring comes the trees are refreshed and ready to sprout their tiny buds of spring. As spring moves into summer the leaves will be in their full beauty ready to continue the cycle for another year.

There is one beautiful tree right outside my house and during the period of covid I photographed this tree each month so I could enjoy it’s splendours in the future. As I look at these photos now I can recall the hope the tree gave me through that difficult period. God’s mercies do not stop for covid or any other man-made thing. God is continually bountiful.