|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