There’s a fierce rivalry between the adjacent villages of Crosthwaite and Underbarrow. Each has a pub called the Punch Bowl and in that respect I think it is fair to say that Crosthwaite has the upper hand. They each take pride in their floral displays and here Underbarrow is the undoubted winner. I travel through the villages nearly every day on my way to the Damson Dene and I’ve seen some brutally low temperatures this winter- the worst being -17 C. But the last fortnight has seen the back of winter and the daffodils on the roadside verges have shot up. There are literally thousands in Underbarrow and they will produce a beautiful display- “worth the detour” to see, as the Michelin man would say. And yet the first to come into full bloom, even though it’s still February is in Crosthwaite- as this picture, taken this morning, shows.