Spring


This week is the time of the Spring Equinox. Along with the Autumn Equinox, it’s the only time of the year when daylight and darkness are of equal length. ‘Tis believed to be a sign of new hope, rebirth and balance…a time when days are longer, the sun is warmer and new life is born. This turn of season festival has been celebrated throughout history by pagans, druids, celts, traditional religions and all types of cultures. It’s believed in folklore that the Green Man was born of Mother Earth and they are god and goddess of new seeds and fertility. It’s seen as a time to spring clean our homes and our lives…to get rid of all the negativity that has gathered in our lives through the Winter. Easier said than done.

Methinks it doesn’t feel much like Spring though! It’s flippin’ freezing! Hurry up Mr. Green Man and Lady Earth Mother – do your thing. Get planting and fertilising. Get that sun warmer so we can shed our layers and open our windows…throw the kids out into the garden all day…get the barbecues going…lie in our loungers listening to music and drinking beer…rushing inside to dodge the endless Summer showers…

Anyhoo, whatever your spiritual beliefs or life ethos, a merry and peaceful Springtide is wished for. Let’s hope our ethically challenged world leaders are reborn too.

“The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
Drives my green age”

Dylan Thomas

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by clare on March 20, 2006 at 11:09 pm

    AAH! DYLAN THOMAS……………….I READ ‘UNDER MILK WOOD’ LAST WEEK. TEN OUT OF TEN!!!! METHINKS IT WAS THE SECOND BEST TING I HAVE EVER READ

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  2. What was the first best ting you ever read?

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  3. EP, the weather is England is almost always dreadful, even in “summer”. They say in England there are two seasons, June and Winter. It is partly true, though sometimes June can be winterish.

    In times gone by, such appalling weather was the UK´s secret weapon – not only was there no point lazing around all day like our Mediterranean friends, but it being so bloody cold and wet, Brits were forced to invent stuff just to keep warm, hence the Industrial Revolution was born and the might of the British Empire grew.

    If the UK had a decent climate, chances are that someone else would have led this revolution and we´d all be speaking Icelandic or something.

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  4. Posted by clare on March 21, 2006 at 10:08 am

    ‘Fatherland’ Robert Harris. I’ve just started ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ Sue Monk Kidd. A friend of mine runs the village library, she tells me what to read!! …’Take-A-Break’ will have to wait go to the back of the shelf!

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  5. MrZ, it’s abysmal here at the moment. It’s trying to snow again right now and it’s really cold. I can remember it snowing in June one year…quite hard too. I could tolerate harsh Winters if we had long, warm Summers to balance things.

    As for the English weather being responsible for the Industrial Revolution, that’s a feasible suggestion. Perhaps because of the knock-on effects of the IR we now have a huge choice of indoor pursuits which keep us occupied during the long cold spells which in turn have resulted in, ironically enough, no longer having any desire or initiative to create, invent or pioneer new stuff. Of course, there are other ways of keeping warm and they say that Britain could do with a baby boom right now but the high tech entertainment eqipment that is now so widely available has perhaps taken priority hence the low-birth rates. Gone are the TV’less days of large families.

    Of course I’m talking trash here but never mind. It’s keeping me warm.

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  6. Clare, never read Fatherland. It doesn’t really appeal to me. I seem to remember a movie being made based on the book.

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