Just as I was moaning about the recent, dreadful weather, we woke this morning to a cold, bright and sunny day. So, we set out for a longer walk around Shipley Hill and Osborne's Pond. I was struck by the beauty of the greenery, still clinging to its colour amid the bare branches and trees of the winter countryside. The best known of those plants which are still green, have to be the Holly and the Ivy - particularly at this, festive time of year. The Ivy growing along the footpaths towards Osborne's Pond, is coating the otherwise denuded trees. In some cases, these start appear like totem poles.