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Friday, 11 May 2012
The Ice Saints Cometh.
Country folk, hereabouts, have been waiting eagerly for the arrival of this weekend's Ice Saints. The 11th, 12th, and 13th of May are represented, respectively, by the Saints Estelle, Achille, and Rolande; the three saints who (for us) herald the end of night time frosts.
Originally the Ice Saints were Mamertus, Pancras, and Servatius, but in 1960 the Catholic church decided that they were far too PAGAN, and replaced them by the more acceptable trio above.
So, on Monday (weather permitting) I shall sow my first row of dwarf beans, and probably plant out my tomatoes. Vegetable gardening now starts in earnest, with no possibility of frost-covered crops until November (fingers crossed).
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
This is a daily, optimistic, 'photos and comments' blog. I make no judgements (only occasionally), just notes. If you wish to comment in any way at all, please feel free. Everything and everyone (except the obdurate and dictatorial) is very welcome.
I was born just south of London, but for the past 50 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live between an ancient cottage in a tiny village in perfectly tranquil French countryside, and a bijou townhouse in Brighton UK. In France we have plenty of fruit trees, all situated amongst a view that takes the breath away, in the UK we have a handkerchief sized patio. We also have a Border Collie called Billy. I try to treat our planet with respect, and encourage others to do likewise (without preaching).
Contentment is a glass of red, a plate of charcuterie, and a slice of good country bread. Perfect!