Posts Tagged ‘spring’

The green shoots of recovery

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

We were out walking today in the Surrey Hills; it was a beautiful, sunny late autumn / early winter’s day.  A chilly wind was blowing in, making it feel much colder than the 7°C the thermometer said.  The views were lovely, with everything showing up the most vivid colours in the very directional light we get at this time of year.  Then my wife noticed that this birch was already showing buds.  It seems amazing to me even before winter has even tightened its grip, the promise of spring is there to be seen.

I wonder how many of us, if we took the time to look, would find verdant signs of promise, of new growth amidst the death of the old stuff we need to let go of….


“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one autumnal face.”   John Donne

“Falling leaves
hide the path
so quietly”   John Bailey


Spring has sprung, the grass has riz

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

As the schoolboy poem says.  We have crocus and snowdrops in the garden, the woods are green with the bluebell shoots and the garden is full of bird-song.  It is hard to believe that we were shivering under a foot of snow a few weeks ago.   (Of course, as this is England, there is plenty of time yet for more blizzards, fog and frost!)

It seems significant amidst all this economic doom and gloom that we also are on the look out for the signs of new growth and remember that the economy is as cyclical as the weather.  In the same way that we have to work with the seasons when we tend tend our gardens, we also have to prepare the ground, plant the seeds and do what is necessary to grow our businesses too.

Ode to Spring

“Spring has sprung,

The Grass has riz,

I wonder where the birdies is?

The little bird is on the wing,

But that’s absurd! 

Because the wing is on the bird!”