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Shine bright like a diamond

Shine bright like a diamond

Midway through the French Revolution month of Germinal and we are having the first rain for nearly a month. After getting used to rain as a nearly daily accompaniment last year, today’s seems strange to see, after so long. The ground had completely dried out on top, all the ruts in the fields that used to reflect the clouds on their journey were dry and dull. The almost constant bitter wind had scoured our countryside and lips to a shriven, dusty state. The early plants in the garden, Pulmonaria’s and Cowslips, were holding tight to the ground, leaves dry and crispy and flowers barely peeping out, not wanting to rise too far in the freezing air.
But now the rain has come, and I hope it will stay for a while – because Germinal, like many of the months named in that archaic calendar, is wonderfully descriptive and easy to understand. Germinating is what the seeds we have planted should be doing now – drinking water, swelling, and expanding up into the warm spring air. Bring on the warm spring air please, the month of Floreal is coming!

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April 11, 2013 · 11:37 am

Harbingers

Harbingers

It’s the last day of February, which is the last month traditionally considered to be a winter month. Although the temperature tells us it feels like winter, to me February is definitely a spring month. The lengthening days trigger all sorts of changes that will eventually result in reproduction – flowers and nest-building are on their way. Not in a major way, but the first celandines have been here for a few weeks now, and the other day I saw my first dandelion. The plant that says spring to me most of all though is the Wild Arum. When her leaves start to unfurl and wave their lush green-ness, it’s official. Spring is coming.
And yesterday I saw a sparrow playing with a feather. Not doing anything constructive with it, but picking it up, carrying it about a bit then putting it down. Then repeating the whole thing. Nothing major like nest-building passing through her brain, just a feeling of ‘mmm, this is a lovely thing, I might need something like this soon…’

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February 28, 2013 · 2:59 pm