I found this delightful little book he wrote back in 1977 nestling away on my shelves this morning, and as it’s the vernal equinox today – the official first day of spring, I thought I’d share some spring weather lore with you from it…
It is usually claimed that spring starts on 21 March, but in fact ‘it is not spring until you can put a foot down on twelve daisies’. Daisies are among the first flowers to respond to the warming sun and the rising sap, but many springs do not really start until April or May.
Alongside all the natural barometers of the weather from the plant and animal world, this little book is full of proverbs and aphorisms like:
If March comes in like a lion,
It goes out like a lamb.
If it comes in like a lamb,
It goes out like a lion.
I’ve just checked back on the Abingdon Blog for March 1st – and Alastair reported a sunny St David’s Day with well-wrapped people sitting outside to drink their coffees on the Market Square. Best keep a brolly on me for next week then.
What should we watch for in April. Page tells us:
April is most famous for its showers, which are often at their heaviest on the last Saturday of the month, the first day of the cricket season. It is also a month which gives an indication of the weather to come later on in the summer.
Thunder in April
Floods in May.
I do hope not! Had enough of that this year already, haven’t we.
When April blows his horn,
‘Tis good for hay and corn.
I was going to put this book in my bag for the charity shop, but actually I enjoyed this so much, it’s going onto my reference shelves.
Whatever the weather, enjoy your spring!