As we approach the end of January, we are all looking forward to longer days, more energy-giving daylight, and hoping for a return to that much longed for social side of our lives. The wait is beginning to seem endless. A symbol of that awakening, so much more significant this year, is peeking through the cold soil in hedgerows and gardens. Let the beautiful, delicate perfection of the snowdrop inspire us with new enthusiasm for our art

Snowdrops by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1880).

I’ve brought some snowdrops; only just a few,

But quite enough to prove the world awake,

Cheerful and hopeful in the frosty dew

And for the pale sun’s sake.

from ”The Months” by Christina Rossetti