Spring Weather

31 Mar

SPRING WEATHER

hawthorn photo: Hawthorn img012Correctionresize.jpg Here we are at the end of March and the weather’s hovering somewhere between trousers and shorts.

It’s also hovering somewhere between wet and dry. Looking out of one window the skies are blue and the sun’s warm and comforting: out of another the rain clouds are gathering and, yes, there are wet spots on the glass.

April showers.

That’s what they called them when I was knee-high to a grasshopper, and they were as dependent as a very dependent thing. It was April so there’d be showers. At least, that’s how I remember it.

There used to be all sorts of little homilies back then, words of wisdom without which we might venture forth inappropriately dressed.

Cast not a clout till may is out…

Now, this isn’t an order not to clout someone over the back of the head until June. Once an alternative meaning of the word clout was “a piece of cloth or clothing, especially one used as a patch.” And May maybe isn’t the month before June but the blossom of the hawthorn plant, that wonderful whitish blossom that marks many hedgerows and called may blossom.

Whatever the interpretation, it still being the rag-tag end of March and there being no sign of any white hedgerow flowers I’ll cast no clout not venture forth in shorts just yet. Though indoors is another matter…

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