Wednesday, 18 April 2007

Ne'er cast a clout till May is out

Alternatively, if you're French: En avril, ne te découvre pas d'un fil; en mai, fais ce qui te plaît.

I was thinking about this as I was driving to work this morning, seeing the students on their way into lectures wearing shorts, and wishing I hadn't left all my summer clothes in France.

Almost on cue, it said on the radio that the woodland Trust has declared that spring is the new summer because hawthorns (also known as May trees) are blossoming in the countryside and swifts are returning early, so if the BBC says so, it must be true.

3 comments:

  1. A.,
    Boy howdy this has been a weird winter and spring. Last week we had sub freezing temperatures and snow (significant snow in some areas) and today the temperatures are supposed to be in the 80's. All the early flowers died off and the flowering shrubs have barely started.

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  2. The winter wasn't too much out of the ordinary for us, just a bit wet, but that was a relief because we have been verging on drought every summer for several years. But this spring has been quite incredibly mild and now frankly warm. Apparently our roses in France have been blooming for several days - this is APRIL! They'll be finished by the time we get back.

    Without a doubt it does make you think ...

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  3. @bb kindly can you send us your contacts so that we can talk more?

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