Over the past few months at work I have been helping to replace the old flight of steps which make up part of the main visitor route at Roseberry Topping. The old steps, winding their way up through Newton Wood, had deteriorated significantly – with the majority rotten and/or damaged and therefore dangerous and difficult to negotiate. In total, 188 new steps have been put in, no mean feat!
Against an icy electric sky, a green finger pierces the ground. It emerges like clockwork – spring-operated. It marks the start of a deep reaction in the earth, putting in motion clogs of change.
The slumber is over. Hope is in the air!
As the clogs gain speed, the green finger lengthens and strengthens, rising up in rebellion with its companions. Soon enough, a drooping white lantern appears from its tip, defiant in its pure white brilliance.
As the clogs hit their rhythm, clusters of lanterns rise, forming a white army, a carpet of courage.
The Snowdrop has arrived, heralding spring in its step. A new season, a new beginning.