St. Brigid’s Day- The First of Spring.

Thank you for the enthusiastic comments on my post about the life-changing power of probiotics. I’m delighted that so many of you share my fascination with the microbiome. Prepare to hear MUCH more on this subject as I am obsessed and determined to learn everything I can. I hope that you might join me .

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. Today is my day for new beginnings.

The Spring equinox falls this year on March 20th, at 16.15 if you want to be precise, but in Sultanabunland, of which I am Queen, today is the first of Spring.

I grew up a stone’s throw from St. Brigid’s Well in Co. Kildare. Her feast day, February 1st, was not only a holy day of obligation, and a day off school, but also the accepted first day of Spring. I wrote a brief history of St. Brigid, along with a tutorial on making a St. Brigid’s cross in this post.

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The girls, I hope, will make a cross in school today. I, in the mean time, have unintentionally made an edible version. This, weirdly, made me smile inside.

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It smells of Spring today, even though it’s much colder than last week. There’s a sense of awakening. I’m convinced that if I put a stethoscope to the earth I might hear a surge of movement, a trembling, like an oncoming wave.

Judi Dench: My Passion For Trees. ‘Ah, it’s riveting.’There is a wonderful article here about Judi Dench and her love of trees. It’s well worth a read.

There can be no doubt about it, the garden, with or without permission from the astronomers, thinks it’s Spring.

 

We have the sweetest, rosiest buds on our young lime tree (Tillia cordata, not actually the trees that make limes at all). We planted this especially for our visiting bumblebees as it is said to be one of their favourites.IMG_1438

Our little Magnolia stellata is just getting her gladrags on. It’s as though she is wrapped in her fluffy dressing gown waiting for the moment when she will cast it aside to reveal the glamour beneath.IMG_1439 (2)

The Japanese quince (Chaenomeles) is producing the daintiest blossoms you ever saw. They almost look fake. IMG_1436

Pulmonaria is off the starting blocks. You’ll hear me squeal when the first bee turns up.IMG_1426

Oh, and I have, at last, what could almost be classed a crowd, a host of golden daffodils. While I watch them toss their heads in sprightly dance, I send my love and thanks again to my distant friend who once left a sack of bulbs on my porch. IMG_1431 (2)

Last but not least, a single Anenome coronaria, St. Brigid’s flower, who never fails to show up on the day. Ah yes, the greenfly are definitely awake. Do they ever sleep?IMG_1422

One last thing: I read and enjoyed an unusual book last year by first time author Rachel Hargreaves called Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves. Rachel got in touch to ask if I might re-post my review to coincide with the paperback release. It’s always a thrill for me to hear from authors whose books I have recommended so this is absolutely my pleasure. You may read my review here.

Lá fhéile Bride shona daoibh,

Lynda.

7 thoughts on “St. Brigid’s Day- The First of Spring.

  1. I can feel a shift in the season as well, and there are great tits checking out the nest box and the odd frog in the glorious sunshine. Japanese quince is one of my very favourite things, I love the beauty of those flowers on the bare stems. Delightful. I shall very much look forward to learning more about fermented foods here. CJ xx

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  2. I’ve been travelling for the last ten days and very lax with my readings and commenting. This is SUCH an appropriate post to stumble on as I climb back to normality. Ish. Me, not the post. Spring does feel as though she is beginning to open an eye and stretch to waking. I am in Oxfordshire with my mother and the birds are busy, the buds beginning. So I am with Brigid and the Irish. Let Spring spring and let us all be joyful and celebrate her coming right here and right now! 🌸

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  3. Beautiful post, Lynda, and gorgeous photos. We’re snowed under, with no hints of spring yet to be seen, and none expected for at least 6 weeks or so. Your earlier St. Brigid’s post made me smile and heartily wish I had found your blog sooner…
    xo Marian

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  4. It does definitely feel a tiny, tiny bit spring-like today but that could be wishful thinking. The birdsong, the buds and the shoots – they’re responsible. The weather can change overnight, though, and we could yet be plunged into a winter chill. Lovely to see cheery daffodils in bloom here and all your other wonderful spring-y stuff. I remember liking the sound of Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves when you first wrote about it; I must look out for it. S x

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