Sunday, March 30, 2014


"The word March comes from the Roman Martius. This was originally the first month of the Roman calendar and was named after Mars, the god of war. March was the beginning of our calendar year. We changed to the 'New Style' or 'Gregorian calendar in 1752, and it is only since then when we the year began on 1st January.

The Anglo-Saxons called the month Hlyd monath which means Stormy month, or Hraed monath which means Rugged month.  That seems more appropriate as yesterday it snowed and today there is bright sunshine and green things are sprouting from the river banks.  That growth made for one very happy and hungry Mallard this morning.

The forecast is spring for the next week so I think a celebration is in order tonight.

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