Saturday, 15 March 2008
March and April
A few years ago I got a beautiful book, the title of which is : "The Country Dairy of an Edwardian Lady". The writer is Edith Holden. She not only recorded what she met in the country
but she illustrated her stories about plants and animals as well. Those drawings are so priceless, so wonderful. Here is an example of her water colours in March and April and what she wrote about these months.
As in the Roman year, so in the English ecclesiastical calendar used till 1752 March was the first month and the legal year commenced on the 25th of March. Scotland changed the first month to January in 1599.
When daisies red and violets blue and Lady's Smock all silver white
And cuckoo-budsof yellow hue do paint the meadow with delight.
The name of this month is derived from the Greek word for opening