Candlemas takes its name from the blessing of candles for use in church throughout the coming year, and marks the presentation of the Holy Child in the Temple, where Simeon held Jesus and called him a ‘Light to the World’. In pre-Christian times February 1st was an important festival to celebrate the returning light.
Icy cold, with either chilly days or freezing rain, sums up our weather this week.
We have so many birds at the feeders; Coal tits, Great tits, Blue tits, Sparrows, Robins, pigeons, and of course Blackbirds by the heap, and I chose a handsome fellow to sketch in my Calendar of Firsts this week.
Rose sketched a twig from the budding Magnolia tree, I sketched a branch from one of our Raspberry canes.
The Snowdrops are coming along nicely…spring is on the way!
A few years ago, we kept phenology wheels that combined the natural world with the liturgical seasons and festivals. Rose and I have decided to each keep one again for this year.
The larger section for each month is where we will record the natural world, the smaller section is for the festivals; January’s being Epiphany. (We both chose Epiphany to record.)
There really are so many different ways to keep a nature journal!
“The question is not, “how much does the youth know?” when he has finished his education, but “how much does he care?” and about how many orders of things does he care? In fact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? and, therefore, how full is the life he has before him?”
We have had such a chilly week here; icy rain, sleet, and finally SNOW! Sadly our snow did not last long, but it was terribly exciting all the same.
Rose decided to sketch a lovely cat that has been choosing to visit us since around Christmas time. I love how she captured his eyes, and his wee sticking out tongue.
I sketched the beautiful full ‘Moon after Yule’ that we had on Thursday. Is was so bright and glorious, hanging there in the night sky. I also sketched the tiny potted Daffs that are beginning to bloom on my dining room table. They are a lovely bright touch to my day, and a reminder that spring is coming. The snowdrops are pushing through in the garden, ad I am willing them on!