Monday, 3 February 2014

welcome February!


 
I quite like February.

The days are slowly drawing out and the smell of spring is tantalisingly close.  Of course anything can happen between now and the end of March; snowfall, or even worse the silvery powder of a killer frost.  In the meantime tiny, fresh-green spring bulbs are prising their way through the cold, wet earth, eager to catch any sunshine on offer.  I've noticed the softening effect of buds on the bare, sharp outline of trees and shrubs, gathering energy; biding their time. 

The weekend was bright and breezy and it felt good to be out in the garden.

... the following poem, one of my spring favourites, is especially for any readers affected by the heavy rain and extraordinary floods in the south-west.  I hope things improve for you very soon.


Very Early Spring
by Katherine Mansfield
 
The fields are snowbound no longer;
There are little blue lakes and flags of tenderest green.
The snow has been caught up into the sky --
So many white clouds -- and the blue of the sky is cold.
Now the sun walks in the forest,
He touches the bows and stems with his golden fingers;
They shiver, and wake from slumber.
Over the barren branches he shakes his yellow curls.
Yet is the forest full of the sound of tears....
A wind dances over the fields.
Shrill and clear the sound of her waking laughter,
Yet the little blue lakes tremble
And the flags of tenderest green bend and quiver.

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24 comments:

  1. It is good to hear a positive comment about the time of year! It is light so much later now and the daffodils are dancing in the wind so like you I like February. Lovely poem.

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    1. Just left a comment along the same line at yours!

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  2. I love seeing snowdrops appear. Winter does feel as if for a time you have to hibernate and then suddenly there's a wake up call. I love the days getting lighter and longer. I planted a a packet of broad beans into little paper pots in the poly tunnel today.

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    1. It certainly makes you appreciate the change in season. I could easily hibernate during the winter:-)

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  3. O yes spring is in the air......love to read your blog again....i miss it in my list for a while but now you are back.....and i am happy for that my dear Jeanne...love Ria..x !

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  4. Dear Jeanne,

    You are back and that is fabulous news!

    Your words about Feburary ring true for me. My youngest daughter's birthday is late January and my son's mid-February. I love these days because they are still anchored in winter with a foot edging towards spring. And it's all to come. I'm hoping Feburary is going to be frosty as our January has been far to mild for comfort.

    It's great to have you back! I hope you are well and happy and looking forward to the months ahead.

    Stephanie

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    1. Thank you Stephanie. Yes, it's good to be back in this little space, the other blog just didn't feel right:-)

      February is being very kind so far, with bright, sunny and crisp days. Enjoy your family birthday celebrations.

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  5. Hello lovely girl! How good to pick up that comment and see you back here. I've missed that touch of class of yours - as evidenced by a beautiful poem to start us off again. I've read a lot of Katherine Mansfield and remember her as one of your chosen authors and poets but this poem is new to me. I love it and must copy it down for reference. Welcome back xx

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    1. Oh thank you Lesley *blush*.

      I love Katherine Mansfield's work and this is a particularly evocative poem I think. I will be posting more of the same and maybe the occasional book review too.

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  6. Lovely to see those snowdrops such a cheering sight and February somehow seems less challenging than January, shorter too andeach day is edging us slowly towards spring:)

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  7. Welcome back Jeanne. It has been sometime and I do hope you are well.
    A lovely selection of poetry and alas the snowdrops are so sweet.
    Mine are buried in hibernation still beneath a drift of snow. Though Spring is only a heartbeat away, Winter shall linger for quite some time...
    Susan x

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    1. Hi Susan, yes I'm back here and happy to be so, the imposter blog simply disappeared:-)

      Your snowy winters look so beautiful and I can imagine the wait is all the sweeter once spring finally arrives ...

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  8. I have never actually seen snowdrops in real life. I know I would love them. It is so nice to have you back!!!! xo

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    1. They would make a lovely subject for a piece of your art Kerrie.

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  9. Dear Jeanne,
    February isn´t really one of my favourite months, although I prefer it much over January because on some days (especially this year) there is already a bit of spring feeling in the air...
    Our snowdrops are not that far as yours, but the winter aconites are already in bloom. :-)

    Liebe Grüße, Bärbel

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    1. I think we are similar Barbel for April and May being our most favoured months...? I love spring! I visited a friend the other day and her garden is simply bursting with winter aconites too, however I don't seem to have any in my garden .... maybe I should put some in for next winter - they are pretty.

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  10. Good to see you back Jeanne under your original banner and a Monday poem too - a great start to the week :)

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    1. Lovely to see you Anna. I look forward to following your adventures in the garden this year.

      I feel so at home here, isn't it odd! I don't know if you read my previous post by way of explanation; I had fun writing it:-)

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  11. Jeanne you are back, that is fantastic news. So pleased the pull of blogland brought you back. Do you know I live in Vancouver now? Changes all round then!
    Thank you for complimenting me on my cardi, it's doing a good job of keeping me warm at the moment.

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    1. Thank you Kate. Yes, I gathered you were somewhere cold and snowy! Vancouver looks great.

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  12. How did you fare in the rain we've had in W Suffolk over the past 2 days? A taster of the weather the SW of Britain has endured for 2 months.
    I find winter is full of inspiration for my work and love seeing the small signs of new growth - so many so early this year.
    Remember the old Fen sayings...
    If Candlemas day be fair and bright winter will have another fight. (Feb 2nd was sunny)
    And, February - fill dyke, be it black or be it white (with rain or snow)
    Thank you for calling in to my blog xx

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    1. Hi Celia, its not been too bad here in fact. We had a lot of rain this afternoon and it was windy, but no flooding thank goodness. I was wandering around Simpsons Nursery in the said wind and rain with just a handful of other brave souls!

      Btw, It was great to see your work featured in Country Living magazine. I hope it brings in lots of commissions for you.

      ... mmm, yes there is a lot of truth in those sayings! x

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Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and for indulging me in my musings. I enjoy reading your comments and will reply, time and tide permitting, on this page... at some juncture ... which may be several days later ... oh to have more time to blog!

I love to visit you in return also.

Jeanne
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