In 1906 Edith Holden started a Diary, now known as ‘The Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady’. In it, she observed Natures cycle through the months of the year, writing simply about the weather, the birds, the flowers and the natural world around her. All the pages are beautifully ornamented with her original artwork and favourite poems. In this Blog, I’m going to try to emulate her Diary in a modern way. For a start, this is a blog on a computer, not pen and ink lovingly written on paper! However, I hope that the end result will have some similarities, in that I want to capture day by day, month by month the steady rhythm of Nature through the year. For although our 21st century lives are hectic, chaotic, noisy and deafened by electronics, the beat of the natural world, which is the backdrop to all our lives whether we notice it or not, remains ever the same. So take a sedate, gentle and steady-paced journey with me through the next year, observing the natural world. Our way of life may have changed almost beyond recognition since 1906, but nature is doing what it always has done, the cycle of nature remains constant and reassuringly predictable. In that respect, nothing has changed. ‘ No Winter lasts forever; no Spring skips its turn.’ (Hal Borland)

Thursday, 28 February 2013


The name of ‘March’ comes from the Ancient Roman word ‘Martius’ and it was the first month of the Roman Year as indeed it was in our Calendar until 1752, when the Gregorian calendar was adopted instead. Many other cultures around the world still have March as their New Year.
From a naturalists perspective, it seems entirely fitting that March be heralded as the start of the New Year, as this is the month when the winter finally gets shaken off, a month of rebirth and renewal.
A quote by Edward Giobbi on Spring sums this up, ‘Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature’s rebirth.’

Traditional days in March.

March 1st: St David’s Day.
March 5th: St Piran’s Day.
March 12th:St Gregory’s Day.
March 17th:St Patrick’s Day.
March 25th: Lady Day.

Weather Lore.

‘ When March comes in like a lion it goes out like a lamb.’

‘ A dry March and a wet May fills barns and bays with corn and hay.’

‘ As it rains in March so it rains in June.’

‘Written in March’ by William Wordsworth.

The cock is crowing,
The stream is flowing,
The small birds twitter, 
The lake doth glitter
The green field sleeps in the sun;
The oldest and youngest
Are at work with the strongest;
The cattle are grazing,
Their heads never raising;
There are forty feeding like one!

Like an army defeated
The snow hath retreated,
And now doth fare ill
On the top of the bare hill;
The plowboy is whooping-anon-anon:
There’s joy in the mountains;
There’s life in the fountains;
Small clouds are sailing,
Blue sky prevailing;
The rain is over and gone!

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