This morning's early walk included the first sightings of daffodils (other than bunches in shops).
Sometimes known as Lent lilies because of when they flower, they really do herald the spring with their cheerful heads nodding in the breeze.
These, and others I saw today, are miniatures, the tiny little ones that bloom whilst the standard sized ones are still tightly furled in green protective layers and reaching for the sun.
Perhaps we all need some miniature daffodils, small, early signs of hope that assure us brighter days are coming.
We are already a sixth of the way through Lent! Whether it is 'going well' or it's a 'hard slog' at least we can share the joy of the daffodils along the way.