Sunday, 1 March 2015

Under the Beech Tree - March

Wow.. February went by really fast!

1st of March and the
beech tree is bathed in morning sunshine :)
Bare branches now..  the fierce winds
have stripped the last hangers on
Beyond the beech tree.. the first snowdrops

Gemstone - Bloodstone

Flower - Jonquil

According to the old adage March 'comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb'.

In Anglo-Saxon times this third month was called Hyld monath - stormy month, or Hraed monath - rugged month.

Mothering Sunday - March 15th

Solar Eclipse - 20th March 2015.  Starts at 7.41 UTC and ends at 11.50 UTC. 

In Norway and the Faroe it will be a total eclipse.. where I am in the UK it will be a partial eclipse follow this link to find out whether you can see it where you are.  Quite excitingly this is also Spring Equinox..

Some Folkloric Traditions and their origins..

11th March - Penny Loaf Day - Newark, Nottinghamshire

For three nights Hercules Clay dreamed that he saw his house on fire. So convinced was he of impending doom that he moved his family out. They had no sooner left the property, when a bomb fired by Parliamentary forces during the English Civil War, destroyed the house. As thanks for his lucky escape, Hercules left £100 in trust, to provide penny loaves for the poor of the town.

25th March - Trichborne Dole - Trichborne, Hampshire

This custom dates back to the twelfth century when Lady Mabella Tichborne lay sick and dying. She asked her husband Sir Roger to establish a gift (dole) of bread in her memory for those who arrived in Tichborne for the Feast of the Annunciation. Not thrilled at this prospect, Sir Roger said he would provide flour for the bread from as much land as his wife could encompass. A determined lady, she managed to crawl round 23 acres, an area still know today as The Crawls

Well.. that's my March musings.. hope you all have a lovely month xx


Terriea Kwong said...

Now that spring has sprung. Love the Snowdrops and the Bluebell in Dean Forest when I first saw them years ago. Have a good day Deborah!

Pat said...

Nice to see that spring is on the way in your part of the world, we still have winter like weather in Northern Canada. I am pretty sure you have the date for the spring equinox incorrect, it should be on March 20th. Thought you might want to change that.

I enjoy reading your posts, please keep writing.

FeltersJourney said...

Oops.. thanks for pointing out the error Pat. I was supposed to of entered Mothers Day on the 15th but somehow skipped down and typed the wrong thing! It's all put right now though 😊
Good to hear from you x