chusan palm with snow

Whereas January seems to drag on interminably, February is rushing by as if to lead us as quickly as possible into spring in this part of the world.

What was your weather like on 2nd February? This date is Candlemas Day in the Christian calendar, when in the Roman Catholic church candles have been traditionally consecrated. It began with the old custom in Rome where candles were burned for the goddess Februa to keep away evil spirits.

The question of the weather is due to a myth; if the weather is frosty and fine, more cold weather will come before winter ends. If it’s warmer but wet, the worst has gone. Of course this only works in the Northern Hemisphere. Perhaps those in the Southern Hemisphere have another myth. It would be interesting to know.

I’m not sure what we’re due now for the rest of this winter, but it certainly seems that spring is on its way, although the month did start off cold. The 2nd February was nothing special as regards the climate, but on the 3rd we woke up to find our garden covered in snow. We don’t have much of it here, and it was all gone by the end of the day. Fortunately I’d grabbed the camera to take a few shots of it.

snowdrops and cyclamen in background

As the month has progressed, the early flowers are blooming, the frogs are becoming more active in our pond and signs of life are appearing everywhere. Hooray.

On the writing front, I have a couple of small projects on the go, written in snatched five minutes here and there, which is not great as the continuity is lost, but I have to get the words down  to start with before I can work with them.

 

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3 thoughts on “Candlemas Day and the weather

  1. We’ve only had a light dusting of snow (so far) and it melted within a few hours. Worse thing here now is the bitterly cold wind. But what a difference those first few spring flowers make, and the days are getting a little bit longer – hooray!

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