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It may still seem like winter, but February is here and with it, the green shoots of spring and the daffodils bravely opening their buds in the beacon lay-by.

February is also the month when Valentine’s Day occurs and Liz Taylor has kindly supplied two suitable recipes for the Cookery Corner page. She also talks of some Valentine’s Day traditions – old, new and edited! – on Page 11. On a similar theme, Frank Foreman has also included one of his many poems on the same page. A few (family friendly) jokes regarding love and affection can also be found amongst the Chuckles on Page 25.

Corinne Steward has lots of gardening tips for the more green-fingered residents of Scarning in her regular Through The Garden Gate article on Page 10.

If gardening isn’t your thing but you still want to enjoy the outdoors, then perhaps you should join one of the monthly walks organised by Dereham’s Walkers Are Welcome group. More details are on Page 8, but details can always be found in the Village Events section of this website.

Whilst out walking in the countryside, you may wonder about some of the local names, in particular those of an agricultural origin. Andy Eagle has written a short article on field names in a small area of Scarning on Page 9, and has also kindly supplied four very detailed maps which can be found in the From the Archive section on the website.

A huge thank you is owed to all the people who keep Scarning looking as lovely as it does, in particular Laura & Holly Steward, who are tireless in their litter picking efforts – see Page 14.