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› 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

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