The first day of February is officially the first day of spring in Ireland. The fact that weather forecasters tell us the country may well be battered by winds and hail next week,  and some of it covered in a blanket of snow and ice, means nothing! Spring is still on its way and the birds know it. They are feeding well at bird tables and hanging bird feeders, getting themselves in good shape for the mating season. So hopefully next week we should begin to see them gathering nesting materials, if weather permits. Nest building is the start of the season of love for all creatures great and small, including us humans!  Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. If you are planning a special outing with your soulmate, Co. Wicklow is a good place to start. Brooklodge Hotel and Spa have a special package ready for a special occasion. One night stay in a standard room of this beautiful hotel in Macreddin Village, plus dinner in The Wild and Organic Strawberry Tree restaurant, is a total treat for two. Upgrades on rooms and the opportunity to enjoy the innovative 9 course tasting menu also available. Check the details here. Brooklodge has it all wrapped up,  so you can enjoy the night of love in spectacular surroundings.