Wednesday, 20 March 2019


In the Northern Hemisphere the Vernal or  Spring Equinox happens today and at 21.58, according to my diary, astronomically Spring begins. The word vernal comes from the Latin vernare, meaning to bloom.
This book was donated to the charity shop this week and I snapped it up because of the illustrations.

This is the page for the Spring Equinox, showing the wheel of the year

 Ostara  was the pagan festival celebrating Eostre, a Saxon goddess and gives us the words East and Easter. She is often depicted as having a hare's head on a human body.

The Year's at the spring,
And day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hill-side's dew-pearl'd;
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn;
God's in His heaven.......
All's right with the world!

Robert Browning 

To welcome spring I have these lovely tulips....................... a draw prize win at small WI.

If you choose  the flowers and vase (a horrible metal thing.....ooops controversial! - prefer my jug!) for your draw prize there is a catch, as I now have to take the vase back with flowers for a draw prize at next months meeting!

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  1. Ha ha! Sue I chuckled at your comment about having to take it back next month. I won a Truely Ghastly china hand at a parish Blind Quizz, and gave it back to be auctioned again the following year - and was then told that was its fifth or sixth return journey! google won't let me use Google any more .... don't ask me why, I have no clue!)

  2. The book looks great fun. I love your sunny yellow tulips

  3. I love tulips but i read recently of a cat who had died after eating a tulip-petal; so as an owner of 2 plant-loving moggies, I can't risk them. Love yours!

  4. I have lots of tulips in the garden but not in flower yet, the daffodils are still in flower. It was. Beautiful day yesterday and did a good bit if gardening and had a walk round the village.
    Hazel c uk

  5. Thanks for the detail on the spring equinox, most interesting. My mother was furious with me when as a child I won a raffle prize at the church jumble sale it was a pair of live rabbits in a small hutch. I of course was delighted!!!

  6. Ooh .. I saw the wheel of the year and I thought 'PIZZA' :-)

    Love the colour of the tulips, they compete well with the daffodils that are all going over here at the moment ... and I think they win by a mile. At least you will be rid of the horrible vase by next month.

  7. That illustration of the wheel would be lovely in stained glass.
    I like the idea of the one vase going around that people pass on with flowers.

  8. Hopefully Spring will arrive soon, Sue. Love the tulips in the plain jug-it sets them off so well. I thought of manadals when I saw the wheel.

  9. That is such a beautiful book, I would love it.

  10. Ah spring finally! Tulips are lovely. I guess I should get some to celebrate spring's arrival. Will you have flowers from your gardens to fill the vase next month?

    1. I don't think I will have flowers, probably need to buy some.

  11. The illustration in that book is beautiful - you do find some lovely books.

  12. That's a wonderful book and flowers. I love Spring and I'm hoping for some warmer days soon!

  13. A friend brought me some yellow tulips a couple of weeks ago and they lasted and lasted - it must be a good colour for lasting I think.
    I love that book - marvellous patterns for embroidery.

  14. hat a great book, I would love it. The tulips are very pretty, I did laugh at your comment about donating back.

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