Friday, January 15, 2010

Spring Sap - Already?

So, only a few days since this area shook off its white winter coat and assumed its green one and what a relief to see green again. I think that you can feel a little ill if you don't get to see the colours you're used to seeing out in the garden. It's so warm today I've even turned off the heating, which is a bit mad. I even saw a few buds on my clematis outside, which is great because I was worried it had been killed by the cold.

I think they used to call these days Halcyon days; country people that is. I remember that great Weather Eye columnist Brendan McWilliams writing about them in the back pages of the Irish Times. He talked about those rare days you get in winter when the sun actually shines and people and the country take a wee breather.

It's nice, I can tell you, not to be feeling my feet going numb or my fingers going stiff over the keyboard. I know, you think I'm probably some old crock, the way I'm going on. Thing is, as I get older I'm getting a lot stiffer, a lot earlier than I'd like. So days like today are a blessing, halcyon or not. It makes me think forward to the summer.

And someone outside is running a machine that sounds like a lawn-mower. Incroyable! Brid's Day isn't even here yet...

9 comments:

Totalfeckineejit said...

Isn't nature the ultimate tease? Of late every movent I make is accompanied by an involuntary,expulsion of air in a groan or wheeze,what is that all about?
I thought for a split second the country folk were just taking a wee.

Rachel Fenton said...

"Of late every movent I make is accompanied by an involuntary,expulsion of air" hehehe

Michael Farry said...

People will soon start talking about "the stretch in the evenings".

Dominic Rivron said...

Lawnmower? Here it'd be one of these!

Kay McKenzie Cooke. said...

Oh no! That means it's edging autumnal over here - and we haven't had anything like a summer yet!

Tommaso Gervasutti said...

"Midwinter spring is its own season"

Best, Davide

BarbaraS said...

Ha ha Dominic, the snow thrower, the snow plough and the snow brush! Nah, we just use grit - true grit and elbow grease ;)

TFE, 'nature the ultimate tease' - that's good enough to put into a poem, I think!

Rachel, tis all true, what he says.

Michael, I'm waiting to hear someone saying that...

BarbaraS said...

Kay, I thought you had a couple of really nice days there...

BarbaraS said...

Davide, that is pretty true as well. Seasons within seasons.