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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

February Nature Notes . . .

Image by Edith Holden from The Nature Notes of an Edwardian Lady

The cold depths of our winter all too often bring depressingly low cloud cover like we have today. The sunlight struggles to break through and make up for all the energy lost during the long, dark nights. Today the sun is nowhere to be seen, the sky is a flat white, no clouds, no blue skies. The Roman mythology goddess of Spring, Flora herself appears to be locked in ice!

It's nice to know that she will eventually make her spring time appearance in April, even though that seems so far away. While I wait for her, my thoughts will be wandering and for the next week or so will be occupied with red hearts and chocolate candies. Thank goodness for Valentine's Day!


  1. Yes, Valentine's Day helps tremendously to break up long, dreary February. And this year, Feb has Mardi Gras too!

  2. I have often thought that February is a month that could be dropped from the calendar - it always seems so gloomy.Roll on Spring.Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us in the run up to V Day.

  3. Dear Diane - Love the poem and the illustration by Edith Wharton is beautiful. I know spring will come before we know it - but while we wait I too will focus on the lovely romantic holiday - I have heard if we eat some chocolate it boosts our immune system - I am ready! Hugs Debbie

  4. For me, January is the month that I can do without (so dull and gloomy), and I'm happy that's over and done with. I can handle February because Valentine's Day comes along and brightens things up a bit. But...oh March...I love that month from day one! Counting the days, minutes, seconds...

  5. Glad to know I am not alone in my desire for Spring to get here soon! I know Debbie meant to say Edith Holden, but I thought the name Edith Wharton sounded familiar. So I checked and then it dawned on me, Edith Wharton was also a fabulous women of the same period. She wrote "The Age of Innocence" and my favorite "Ethan Frome". She was an American author who wrote in a similar fashion as Jane Austen. Edith Holden born in England, was a teacher and artist who died tragically; she had tried to reach a branch of chestnut buds. The bough was out of reach and with the aid of her umbrella Edith had tried to break it off, fallen forward into the river and drowned. Very sad end to her interesting and creative life. Both were incredibly talented women.

  6. I am so bad with celebratory dates like this ... I never remember about them :(

  7. Beautiful post :) February is my toughest month of the year - thank goodness for Valentine's Day. I once happened upon 'The Nature Notes of an Edwardian Lady' in a second hand store and have always wished I'd picked it up.

  8. Again a beautiful poem , thank you for sharing this .
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    1. Thanks Aunt Mary! Going there right now!

  9. Beautiful image and beautiful poem! Yeh, Valentine's Day ;o) Always a good reason to treat myself to something ;o) Big Hugs Diane ;o)


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