The snow has melted away and everywhere looks a bit battered but is recovering quickly. The birds are happy again and wonderful to watch. I have a tiny wren who comes to visit as well as a chaffinch and the usual blue tits. It will be interesting to see what other species arrive.
The wind is blowing hard too, blowing away all the negative energies left by frustrated motorists and people like me who could not get out without the help of others during the heavy snow. It is at times like this when snow is on the ground and it is icy cold, that we need others to help. Community spirit is sadly lacking in many places but comes together whenever there is some kind of catastrophe. This is good but we should not need a catastrophe before we work together as a community. The old extended family system has long gone and friends now make up this system. Without them we can be stuck inside with no one to talk to. Telephones and chat on sites like Facebook are no real substitute for face to face contact. Do you look out for vulnerable people, not just during the winter but all through the year? Caring about others is part of the way I see my druid path especially now that I am older and can appreciate the difficulties that older people have. In some areas there are befriending groups and this is a good idea. What can you do to help the vulnerable ones amongst you?