Author Topic: Signs of Spring  (Read 132581 times)

T42

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1400 on: 05 April, 2021, 01:52:26 pm »
Yesterday: 15°C and a howling NE wind cold as a witch's tit. Yup, it's Spring all right.  Pdoyng.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1401 on: 05 April, 2021, 01:55:34 pm »
Jet washers.
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Wowbagger

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1402 on: 05 April, 2021, 03:05:34 pm »
Yesterday: 15°C and a howling NE wind cold as a witch's tit. Yup, it's Spring all right.  Pdoyng.
Surely, witches tits are flat and their hearts are cold? I quote Alfred Steptoe, I believe.

I thought he was Albert... ;)
Bach without a doubt.

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1403 on: 05 April, 2021, 04:38:35 pm »
Today the farm hedges have long stretches with what looked like white berries as I went past.
Any idea what the bushes might be, please?

White blossom - Hawthorn (or May if you prefer). There’s a lot out atm.
We are making a New World (Paul Nash, 1918)

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1404 on: 05 April, 2021, 05:09:37 pm »
Thank you. I'll stop and check it properly next time.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1405 on: 05 April, 2021, 05:10:32 pm »
Yesterday: 15°C and a howling NE wind cold as a witch's tit. Yup, it's Spring all right.  Pdoyng.
Surely, witches tits are flat and their hearts are cold? I quote Alfred Steptoe, I believe.

I thought he was Albert... ;)
His twin  :) I could have quoted my mother. She probably taught it to Alfred and Albert.
Never knowingly under caffeinated

T42

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1406 on: 05 April, 2021, 05:14:12 pm »
Yesterday: 15°C and a howling NE wind cold as a witch's tit. Yup, it's Spring all right.  Pdoyng.
Surely, witches tits are flat and their hearts are cold? I quote Alfred Steptoe, I believe.

I thought he was Albert... ;)
His twin  :) I could have quoted my mother. She probably taught it to Alfred and Albert.

Whatever.  It just started snowing.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1407 on: 05 April, 2021, 08:16:12 pm »
Today the farm hedges have long stretches with what looked like white berries as I went past.
Any idea what the bushes might be, please?

White blossom - Hawthorn (or May if you prefer). There’s a lot out atm.
It will be Blackthorn rather than Hawthorn. May flowers in May.

Wowbagger

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1408 on: 08 April, 2021, 08:17:38 pm »
Today the farm hedges have long stretches with what looked like white berries as I went past.
Any idea what the bushes might be, please?

White blossom - Hawthorn (or May if you prefer). There’s a lot out atm.
It will be Blackthorn rather than Hawthorn. May flowers in May.
Prior to which one must not cast a clout...
Bach without a doubt.

T42

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1409 on: 09 April, 2021, 09:23:03 am »
Today the farm hedges have long stretches with what looked like white berries as I went past.
Any idea what the bushes might be, please?

White blossom - Hawthorn (or May if you prefer). There’s a lot out atm.
It will be Blackthorn rather than Hawthorn. May flowers in May.
Prior to which one must not cast a clout...

Now does the out in that saying refer to the blossom showing, the month being over, or Ms. May de-closeting?

In France we're not supposed to ôte a fil before the fin d'April.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Wowbagger

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1410 on: 12 April, 2021, 07:32:45 pm »
In recent years I've taken it to mean the flower, although it wasn't until I was relatively ancient that I came to realise that there's an ambiguity.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1411 on: 25 April, 2021, 01:06:28 pm »
Huge great pidgeon bombing splatts on the car and house windows.
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Kim

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1412 on: 25 April, 2021, 11:18:11 pm »
Had to use the cold tap for my shower earlier for the first time this year.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

Pingu

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1413 on: 25 April, 2021, 11:28:13 pm »
Heard a cuckoo.

citoyen

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1414 on: 26 April, 2021, 10:11:56 am »
Heard a cuckoo.

No cuckoos round here but at least one active woodpecker.

Bluebells are starting to show in numbers as well. Pear tree is in full blossom.
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T42

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1415 on: 01 May, 2021, 11:01:06 am »
Cuckoo mouthing off in the trees east of the village. Couldn't get a sight of it, though.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Wowbagger

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1416 on: 03 May, 2021, 07:26:52 pm »
Heard a cuckoo.

No cuckoos round here but at least one active woodpecker.

Bluebells are starting to show in numbers as well. Pear tree is in full blossom.

How close are you to the Kent marshes? I'm sure there will be cuckoos there.
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T42

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1417 on: 04 May, 2021, 10:26:20 am »
Wild arum and garlic growing at the edge of the forest. Strawberries in flower up there, too.  Masses of other flowers in the fields, much prettier than garden stuff (other than the dandelions in our "lawn").
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Basil

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1418 on: 04 May, 2021, 11:21:46 am »
Swallows.  Blooming loads of them!
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citoyen

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1419 on: 04 May, 2021, 01:04:51 pm »
Heard a cuckoo.

No cuckoos round here but at least one active woodpecker.

Bluebells are starting to show in numbers as well. Pear tree is in full blossom.

How close are you to the Kent marshes? I'm sure there will be cuckoos there.

Depends exactly which Kent marshes you mean - there's the Seasalter levels very close by, but I've never noticed cuckoos there.

I presume you're more likely to be thinking of the area between Gravesend and Rochester, which isn't very close, though we do go for walks up that way reasonably often, so I'll keep an ear out for cuckoos next time we're over there. Or do you mean Romney Marsh?
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1420 on: 04 May, 2021, 04:41:07 pm »
I saw my first swift of 2021 today, with fieldfares still around in large numbers. 

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1421 on: Yesterday at 10:57:45 am »
also in the countryside near Oxford:

Svmer is icumen in
Lhude sing cuccu!
*

and so forth

*sound more or less masked by the incessant chatter of the starlings in the roof ::-)

hellymedic

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1422 on: Yesterday at 02:25:09 pm »
Hawthorn trees:
Right tree is in full flower.
Left tree looks like blossom will break bud soon.
Do I cast a clout?