What a traditional March we have just had. Worked at the Mill in hot sunshine, walked in freezing sleet across the Valley with the grandkids, went to work in thick fog, took my vest off and put it back on , been warm and wet, cold and dry. Now we have changed the clocks and I hope April is kinder to us all. We have just passed the spring equinox so let`s see if this spring lives up to our expectations (ignoring, of course, the last Budget!) Already the snowdrops and crocuses are over for another year and the daffodils are at their last gasp. Must just mention the Walmley Get Real group who organised last years daffodil planting. To all who took part many thanks, the village centre has enjoyed a great spring show.
Lots of things to remember this month. Let`s make a show of a few flags for the 23rd , St George`s Day. I realise that George is not a good role model , what with killing endangered species ( dragons ) and running off with maidens but at least he is ours , or Turkish or Maltese or whatever. Early Easter to celebrate in the usual way, Church and chocolate, buns and bunnies.
Down in the Valley the spring surge and urge is there to be seen and heard. From the increase in song from our many and varied birds (70 species so far) to the flowering of first the blackthorn , followed by the hawthorn. It always gives a lift to the heart of everyone who is alert enough to notice these subtle changes and rhythms. Remember that you have to get out there to fully experience and enjoy a real British spring, it only comes once a year!
This article appeared in the April 2012 edition of Walmley Pages Magazine,
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