The sun is shining, after a heavy ground frost this morning; it is 1st March, St.David's Day or Dwyl Dewi.
I love Google's cartoon for today - a little traditional welsh lady having a pot of tea with a red dragon!
I have made a new March Hare to celebrate and gift to my welsh friend and neighbour, Daphne. I have called him Dylan Thomas. He has a cross stitch daffodil on one ear, and a welsh leek on his ankle. His dungarees have a pretty heart trim that appropriately I bought on holiday in Oystermouth, Mumbles a couple of years ago. He is wearing a Marie Curie daffodil badge, and his patterned T-shirt sleeves are trimmed with bright yellow rickrack. I was able to give him wrapped in a lovely spring carrier bag. which originally had a sale frock in from Laura Ashley. The bag has a hare on one side and hen and chicks on the reverse. Daphne loved the carrier bag and Dylan Thomas sits in pride of place on her welsh dresser. (not shown).
My son asked me if I could make a lens muff to help prevent dew forming on his camera lens when he is out shooting early morning or night shots. After measuring around his lens it was quite straight forward. The outside is made of thick curtain cotton, wadding in the middle and lighter material inside with four pockets to hold hand warmers. Velro added to make for easy opening/ closing and holding in place.
February is here already. Outside the floods, piercing rain and high winds are still with us. On my windowsill a white cyclamen glistens with midwinter cheer. We are just past Candlemas (2nd February) - halfway between the winter and spring solstice. And nearly at Valentine's Day.
There have been a few sunny days in between the very wet ones and with the milder winter temperatures have brought the birds out rejoicing in full throat.
On Sunday I heard and saw a mistle thrush wildly singing in the treetops, against a backdrop of a clear blue sky.
And dainty snowdrops have suddenly appeared above ground.
'Deep sleeps the Winter, Cold, wet, and grey; Surely all the world is dead; Spring is far away, Wait! the world shall awaken,
It is not dead, for lo. The Fair maids of February '
(Cicely Mary Barker)
And here she is 'The Snowdrop Fairy'
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