Coun­try Mouse

Life’s lit­tle cer­tain­ties

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

IT’S 2019—who would have thought it? How on earth did we get here? The false ter­rors of the mil­len­nium bug are al­most two decades past and, as we all know now, it was an ex­er­cise in fear of ab­so­lutely noth­ing. It did, how­ever, make a few IT types lu­di­crously rich. This year prom­ises po­lit­i­cal chaos. We will also, as with the mil­len­nium bug, all sur­vive. It’s prob­a­bly the only cer­tainty.

Of far greater com­fort is the cer­tainty of Na­ture. The snow­drops shoots have burst out of dank earth be­neath the still golden-clad beech hedge. Near the back door, my daf­fodils are well on their way to flow­er­ing and the corkscrew hazel is be­decked with lamb’s tails.

Na­ture could not care a jot for politi­cians, but it does care for the chang­ing sea­sons. Ev­ery­thing has its time and its place and we are par­tic­u­larly thank­ful for the spin­dle trees, witch hazel, aconites and snow­drops that bloom when all else is dor­mant.

The New Year is a res­ur­rec­tion, a new be­gin­ning—a time to take stock and think about im­prove­ments. It is also, for me, a time to take a mo­ment to ap­pre­ci­ate what we al­ready have and be eter­nally grate­ful. MH

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