A CARPET of pure white snowdrops across the barren surrounds of winter, is one of the first tangible signs that spring is on its way, and in a leafy corner of Shropshire the organisers of two forthcoming 'Snowdrop Sundays' are keeping their fingers crossed for dry weather.
Discussions about the weather have almost become a taboo subject, and for those unfortunate people caught up in the recent, and for many ongoing, floods, 2014 has so far turned out to be a very miserable year.
But if the sun does grace us with its presence, Tuck Hill Church, and in particular the surrounding churchyard, will almost certainly inspire and refresh thoughts of the year ahead.
This coming Sunday, February 16, and the following Sunday, February 23, the hill upon which 145-year-old Holy Innocents Church sits, will be awash with idyllic snowdrops, and Janet Griffiths , a member of the organising committee that promotes the annual 'Snowdrop Sundays' event, is confident that the sun will shine, a warm breeze will gently stir the boughs of the trees, and the snowdrops will be at their very best.
Quite an endorsement for a popular event that has been patronised by many Black Country folk over the years, and Janet has added the following details: "The church grounds will be open from noon until 4pm and is near the Six Ashes pub on the Stourbridge to Bridgnorth road (Directions will be clearly sign posted).
"Come and enjoy a slice of homemade cake with a cup of tea or coffee in the church, and then stroll around the churchyard to appreciate the beauty of the snowdrops."