Monday, March 01, 2010

Welcome March!

I woke up to sunshine this morning; the birds were singing high in the trees. Two doves were doing a courtship dance on the pavement outside - I'd seen them last week collecting twigs for nesting. Is it my imagination or does our garden world seem more lively today? The air is warmer and fresher. There is a definite buzz of excitement out there.

On 1st March 1927 Margaret Shaw wrote in - 'A Countrywoman's Journal' - words that seem apt for today.

'The last few days of February were horribly wet and stormy, but today was quite mild and fine. The yellow crocus are in full bloom, those under the dining room window are a serried mass of gold in the sunshine.'

On 2nd March Margaret Shaw's entry says:-

'Glorious spring day with warm sunshine. On our way to Guildford we saw some lovely "Palm" or "Pussy-Willow" in the hedges.'
I saw some of those today, too!

Welcome, March, Welcome!


  1. I really do hope this fine weather continues. Yesterday was appalling and today has been beautiful. I fell asleep today and missed a lot of this lovely weather. I've so much sowing to do and garden tidying that I really could do with a dry spell. Happy March to you Rosie!

  2. Although it was very cold to start with,its been a lovely sunny day here in South Devon.
    We have a lovely show of Snowdrops along the bank and little purple crocuses in the lawn,,,plus...I've noticed thousands of Catkins!
    And yes,the birds are singing loudly!

  3. Perhaps Spring will behave like Spring - as Winter behaved very much like Winter. I managed a day in the garden yesterday and I really enjoyed myself - just what I needed xxxx

  4. Oh what a lovely day, I should have been making a bear but decided to sit in the conservatory then garden. Makes you feel so good.

  5. I love this post Rosie, so full of optimism!
    It was a lovely day here too and I even managed to get an hour in the garden!
    I love Pussy willow - even the name makes me smile;)

    Jeanne x

  6. Oh I love the pussy willow -in Holland we used to buy a bouquet of them every late winter/spring -but here (in Californa) I haven't seen them in the flower stores).
    Thanks for sharing, Rosie!

  7. We've had sunshine today,too. It sort of just felt different today ... could spring be on it's way at last? I do hope so!
    I'm so jealous of you all getting out into the garden. I was at work today .... my garden will have to wait until the Easter hols.
    Love Kathy xxx

  8. you cheated with the Daffodils..but what about your fabulous Crocuses?! ;-)
    Hope you're having a lovely and sunny week! xxxxx

  9. You know it's going to be a wonderful day when the sun is shining and the birds are singing!

    Hope you had a lovely day!

  10. Snowdrops,Crocuses,birds in the treetops..Isn't it marvelous..Happy March Rosie:))

  11. What a delightful illustrated journal. Blogs like your own now take their place and are just as wonderful.

  12. How I love those old journals, and the comparisons. My Dad has yet to bring me Pussy Willow, as he does without fail every year! x

  13. what a lovely book. thank you for sharing it and your own springtime observations with us today xxx