Its the first day of Spring *Equinox today in the northern hemisphere.
The days are longer!
The equinox does not always fall on the same day each year due to the fact that the earth orbits the sun on a slightly elliptical path, meaning that the spring equinox can happen on either the 19th, 20th or 21st of March. Its all to do with when the sun crosses the equator.
Spring is traditionally celebrated as a time of rebirth such as Easter and Passover.
Silly Symphonies ~ Birds in the Spring
Silly Symphonies ~ The Goddess of Spring
*word equinox literally meaning ‘equal night’ in Latin.
Nothing much happened this week, except after watching the lunchtime news, we decided to do a top-up shop Monday afternoon, intuition said buy two large bottles of milk, glad we did, we also dug out a flask to fill with hot water in case the power went off. We certainly did not go overboard with the shopping just essentials.
I am old enough to remember the winter of 1962/1963, the winter they covered recently in the BBC series "Call the Midwife" recently.
It lasted from Boxing Day, to my birthday which fell at Easter.
I always remember walking to the corner of the road to look for my grandparents who were due to visit travelling from Chingford London, to Southend, that Boxing Day and not having a house phone - no mobiles then! They did eventually turn up but stayed a bit longer than they had planned to.
I don't remember them closing the schools in my area, but I do remember drinking yukky warm milk which the teachers thought was a good idea to warm on the radiators in the little third of a pint bottles.
My husband tells a story of how he used to help his dad with delivering the milk leaving full crates on the side of the road to make the electric milk float easier to drive and going back to find they had become covered in snow and had to be dug out.