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Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Is spring late?

Well i wander over hill and vale,i roam the woodlands and see much.Many people walk with their heads down to the ground,frightened they are going to trip or tread in something..learn to feel with your feet,and keep your eyes on the horizon,then you may not miss much..Is or was spring late?well as an observer of signs,and intune with nature i would say the tides are slightly rolling in late..The birch produced sap within the usual time i expect,a good indicator that spring is coming,but each morning the cold reduced this to a trickle..deer are shedding but very slowly,im finding more shed hairs in scrapes.Alot of obstructions that force animals to go under or scrape against are not producing the signs of extra moulting fur i would expect to find,even rabbit fur isnt abundant on the fields(this comes out when they have spring nooky and fights)..badger sets donot seem very active,ive seen little sign of renewed bedding etc..bluebells were very late,and now ive only stated to get nibbled by the little midges..it answers my question of where are the swallows/which are usually here by now...they will be here soon because they know, even though they are thousands of miles away that there food is now available.(must be a midgy double agent somewhere telling them by phone)..the leaves on trees were late and so was budburst..grandfather oak is really still dozing,he seems reluctant to stretch out his long limbs on a very cold frosty may morning.So my conclusion is yes spring is later this year compared to last year,but what about twenty years ago?perhaps this time is normal?
We seemed obsessed with recording logging etc,i have to live with man made time,i wish i didnt.Mother nature never rushes things she is as old as time,she is time,that which we have lost, the animals still posses,they know to time and judge everything to within a micro second,failure to do so results in death.but ive never seen a robin or a roe deer wearing a fancy time piece..next time you are a walking,stop,listen with your heart,absorb all which is around you.See a tree become a tree,sit amoungst the grass and become a blade of grass,get wet as the grass is wet with the dew,see a flock of birds and fly with them..We were all children once,remember what that felt like..enjoy your time in nature..So do i care that spring is late or early?Not really,this morning i smelt the bluebells in the woods,thats all i need to know.............grimbo..
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