Updated: Jan 12

It's easy to walk around at this time of year and feel that everything is grey and a bit gloomy (hence the popularity of the traditional 'Holiday Season' where we often reflect so we can look forward, and where we bring light and colour into our homes and surroundings).

Nature is of course still full of wonder - we just need to look a little closer, and when we do, we can be rewarded by seeing some amazing transitions and new beginnings. There's also some colour left over in the fruits of berries of previous seasons.

The natural act of hibernating during the months when our sun is less present may also be something we should consider giving a whirl. Perhaps instead of ushering in artificial light and colour at this time of year (which may have far reaching environmental implications) we should accept the restorative healing process of calm and rest.

Obviously it's highly unlikely that most of us can escape the social and economic pressures that prevent us from actually hibernating (such as dormice and hedgehogs do); however, maybe we can be more like the squirrel who only emerges to nibble from it's food store occasionally; or like the fallow deer who rests to conserve energy, camouflaging itself with dead bracken and staying alert to emergencies and danger.

Sheltering underground, barely moving at all, are beetles and mot