On some of the blogs I read, people have been musing about how January and February are their least favourite time of the year, with the gloom and cold of winter still very much there but without Christmas and New Year to look forward to.
Yes, we're still nowhere near proper spring, even though a hint of spring is definitely in the air already - just listen to the birds in the mornings and late afternoons, and notice the considerably longer hours or daylight as opposed to December.
And few things are better to combat late winter blues than spending time outdoords.
Yesterday, O.K. and I went walking in the woods. We drove to a nearby village and took a route through woodland and vineyards, enjoying the sun once we were above the level of the rather dull, grey mist still sitting on the valley's bottom.
Our route was not all that long, not even 10 km altogether, but much of it was rather steep. And because it was too cold for my liking to go for a run, we got all our exercise from walking up the steepest bits rather fast - we both expected sore leg muscles today, but I'm fine.
I did not take my camera, so these pictures were all taken with my mobile phone - as is so often the case with pictures on my blog, they are a bit blurred. Sorry!
This formation of rocks in the middle of the woods is called Devil's Chancel:
A bit further up next to a really comfortable path is Angel's Chancel:
Doesn't this little weekend house look like something straight out of a fairytalbe book?
On our way back to the car. It was almost 5.00 pm, and the light was a lot more beautiful than this picture shows, really mellow:
And all of a sudden after an afternoon spent outdoors, February does not look so gloomy anymore!