FEBRUARY IN THE COUNTRY
› Identify footprints in snow and mud. › Create beautiful drawings of feathers. › Make a cake from the first rhubarb.
By February, snowdrops have broken through the sullen leaf-litter to bring life to the winter woodland. It’s not fully known whether these hardy, beautiful white flowers are native to the UK but in many places, such as here at Kirby-le-Soken in north-east Essex, they seem perfectly at one with the landscape. The intriguing village name is of Norse origin – ‘kirk’ (church) and ‘by’ (village) – meaning ‘village by the church’. Le Soken is thought to mean a special privilege, though what that might be is long forgotten. For a good snowdrop walk near you, see countryfile.com/snowdrops-guide-plus-walks