Friday, February 28, 2014

Seasonal Plans for March

I know that it's not the 1st of March quite yet, but I thought I would post my seasonal plans for the month ahead of time for a change :o)


March is an in-between month, it straddles the seasons. Winter in the first half and spring bouncing in just over half-way through the month. Already there are signs that the world is once again on the brink of suddenly springing to life once more - which is probably where the name 'Spring' comes from! The Latin name for this season was ver which come from the word vernal, hence - Vernal Equinox - the astrological start of the new season.

Although this can be a turbulent month weather-wise, I have to say that I LOVE March. So many wonderful feast days fall in this month and what with all the changes taking place in nature - what's not to love? 

Liturgically this month marks the start of the Eastertide season. Springtime and Eastertide - inextricably linked here in the Northern Hemisphere. This is such a joyous time is it not? I find that there is such hope around this time of the year. 

With so much happening this month - there is ample opportunity to plan some wonderful things to bless your home and family. Here are some of my plans for March 2014 :o)




Folklaw

Gemstone: Aquamarine
Flower: Violet or Daffodil
Full Worm Moon - 16th
March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb


Traditional Rhyme
March winds and April showers bring forth May's flowers




Faith:: Liturgical year

1st - St Davids Day (Patron Saint of Wales)
4th - Shrove Tuesday - Pancake Day
5th - Ash Wednesday - Lent begins
17th - St Patrick's Day (Patron Saint of Ireland)

Life in March 2014

10th - Commonwealth Day
3rd - My godmothers birthday
16th - My Lovely sister's Birthday 
20th - Vernal Equinox
30th - Mothering Sunday
30th - British Summer Time Begins




Nature

Daffodils in bloom
Crocus popping up
frosts and snow still possible! (Our heaviest snow of 2013 was in March!)
Forsythia 
Camellia in bloom
Toads and frogs spawning
Nesting sites being sought out
Lambing season (Lambing Live showing this year - check out 'Homeschooling)
Vernal Equinox - 20th
Mad March Hares boxing
Hazel Catkins everywhere (aka lambs tails)
Pussy willows




Garden 

Clear pathways of winter moss
Dig over and compost veggie beds
sow first salad crops, cabbages, broad beans, early carrots and turnips
Plant early potatoes
Sow more tender veg seeds indoors
Prune Rose bushes (when forsythia comes out in flower it's time to prune the roses!)
Snail watch! Keep an eye out for these pesky creatures!




Home

Spring Cleaning - draw up a schedule for the month
Make a spring wreath
Celebrate spring with a matchbox garden
Start Easter stitching


Homeschooling

Lambing Live on BBC 2 24 - 29 March

I'm always interested to see how others mark the seasons and months in their homes. Do you  have anything special planned for this lovely month of March? 

I will leave you with a sweet little poem that has Marches personality down to a tee! Hope you have a lovely March 1st everyone :o)...

Spring, Almost

The sunshine gleams so bright and warm,
The sky is blue and clear.
I run outdoors without a coat,
And spring is almost here.

Then before I know it,
Small clouds have blown together,
Till the sun just can't get through them,
And again, it's mitten weather.

4 comments:

  1. Hello Shirley, I haven't commented in such a long time, but have been reading your blog posts faithfully. Your blog always reminds me of that beautiful book "A Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady". I also discovered your Etsy shop and have favourited it. I have a little shop Noah and Noo on Etsy. I wish you LOTS of sales! I love the brooches you make! x

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  2. Oh I love this post! I am inspired for spring now. Thank you! I think I'll come back later today and peek at this again....

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  3. I love that little poem at the end...

    You are so neat with your season schedule/monthly planning. You certainly inspire. I should like to live in England... or at least come for a visit. :) all your list sound so charming and different then in the States.. I don't know.

    Loved this.

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  4. What a great post! And I was just wondering when to prune my roses -- now I know! It seems like it will be awhile before we see many signs of spring here, but if we get a bit of warmer weather maybe it won't be long. Still some snow on the ground here -- snowiest winter on record so we will be behind.

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