The recent mild weather has had a lot to do with it. Chives have up to two inches of new shoots, as have some welsh onions in sowed in a pot last year.
I also noticed that one of the rhubarb crowns has sprouted so I covered it with an inverted pot to give it a bit of protection and encourage more growth.
We've had several days without rain now and a good drying wind today so I was able to get a few things done around the garden. The two top beds are almost ready for planting but will get a top dressing of BFB prior to putting anything in. Because we have trees at the bottom of the garden the lower beds don't get much sun in midwinter so I normally get the top beds ready first. Block planting, rather than rows means that I can get the earliest plantings done into ground that is starting to warm up. I know it's too early yet but I like to get things ready if I can then I'm not rushing around like a mad thing trying to do everything at once. With a bit of luck I'll be able to get some cloche protection in place by early February and then the first sowings of broad beans will be going in if it's not too cold. Can't wait to get going!