Candlemas


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Candlemas

This Friday was Candlemas – Festival of light. Candlemas has many connotations. For the Christian’s, it represents Mary’s presentation of the young Jesus at the temple of Jerusalem. To others it’s Imbolc, a Gaelic festival signalling the beginning of spring, and since 1886 the day has also been known as Groundhog Day. Whatever your beliefs, the season of spring does seem to be close at hand.

For the past few weeks I have been looking for signs of spring. Thanks to the Woodland Trust‘s Nature Detectives, I have spotted my first blooming willow catkins and snowdrops.

However there seems to be many superstitions regarding this time of year between the Shortest Day and the March equinox. Of the Christian saying:

If Candlemas Day be fair and bright
Winter will have another fight.
If Candlemas Day brings cloud and rain,
Winter will not come again.

This belief means that if the day of Candlemas is bright and sunny, then superstition would determine that winter hasn’t ended for the season. This is also the reasoning behind the Pennsylvania tradition of Punxsutawney Phil. If, (groundhog) Phil see’s his shadow (on a sunny day) then the poor rodent, will predict another six weeks of winter.

This year, both Candlemas was a sunny, fair day here in the NW of England and Punxsutawney Phil (in Philadelphia, U.S.A) did indeed see his shadow. Meaning there could be another six weeks of winter.

I on the other hand don’t believe in these superstitions. I can’t ignore nature. There is so much blossoming around me. From Hellebores and irises, to daffodils (in parks) and crocuses in my yarden. Even in the grasp of winter there is life, all around.

This weekend I have also spotted the visiting chiffchaff to my yarden. He/she is always spotted around this time, flitting about the yarden. This year I was amazed at how brash the chiffchaff was, fluttering at the dinning room window and landing in the window boxes. I’ve managed to get some new footage of this seasonal visitor. We tend to only see the chiffchaff around wintertime.

So whether you think spring is around the corner or six weeks away. Spring will be here in no time, and then fast on its heels will be summer. The seasons of the years go so fast. We need to savour the passing of time.

While I was watching the wildlife outside my window. I enjoyed a cup of tea from my recently bought mug. It is of the same design as my Enchanted Forest plates. I love it!

What signs of spring have you seen? Let me know.

Thanks for reading,

Christine x

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12 thoughts on “Candlemas

  1. The bulbs are all popping through the soli now, but so far only snowdrops and aconites in flower. I love you chifchaf and iris. The birds are still hungrey and getting through quantities of bird food each day. I hear snow is predicted for next week, so think you could be right about Winter not being over yet.

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    • We haven’t had as many goldfinches as usual. Hope they are all ok? I’ve spotted a friendly robin and visiting dunnock this weekend. The chiffchaff is a visitor who I only see occasionally. They must just visit on their passing through x

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  2. I love your helebore. So pretty. 🙂
    I am enjoying reading some lovely spring posts this morning ,yours included. Have been looking out for signs of spring. Have seen catkins, snowdrops. And there are crocuses and daffs getting ready to flower in the park. 🙂
    Hope Phil the Groundhog was wrong in his prediction. 😉
    I love your mug and exciting to see your garden visitor. You do get some varied ones!
    Great post! X

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  3. I’ve seen a few snowdrops and daffodil shoots starting to poke through. Oh I saw some crocus shoots too last week. I can’t believe you have a chiffchaff so early! I never see or here them here until about April!

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  4. Reblogged this on Christine Lucas and commented:

    Today is Candlemas, so I thought I would reblog my post from last year. Also on this day Punxsutawney Phil of Pennsylvania, today didn’t see a shadow so predicts an early spring. We shall see!

    What signs of spring have you spotted?

    Christine x

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