And that’s the first week of January completed already! What a change this week from really mild weather to freezing cold and icy. A cold ride home, my ears and cheeks felt so cold! By the end of the week we also a dusting of snow as well but nothing like some parts of the country.
Don’t forget to feed the birds and break the ice on bird baths.
Brilliant blue sky & hot Autumn sun today (Friday). How lovely to be sat basking in the garden.
The term Indian summer reached England in the 19th century, during the heyday of the British Raj in India. This led to the mistaken belief that the term referred to the Indian subcontinent. In fact, the Indians in question were probably the Native Americans.
The term Indian summer is first recorded in Letters From an American Farmer, in 1778.
“Then a severe frost succeeds which prepares it to receive the voluminous coat of snow which is soon to follow; though it is often preceded by a short interval of smoke and mildness, called the Indian Summer.”
Michel-Guillaume-Jean de Crèvecoeur:
The English already had names for the phenomenon – St. Luke’s Summer, St. Martin’s Summer or All-Hallown Summer and the French also referred to l’été de la Saint-Martin.
These have now all but disappeared and, like the rest of the world, the term Indian summer has been used in the UK for at least a century.
I think I prefer the term All Hallown Summer.
“An Indian summer crept stealthily over his closing days.”
Phew it’s hot a one today! I’ve been in a hot stuffy room for 6 hours today with temperatures up to 30 degrees. One thing, I may have lost some weight!
It’s nearly the weekend and I am so looking forward to switching the alarm off and catching up with some sleep.
I’m slowly getting through a stack load of images from the other day in Whitby and also from an art exhibition that I went to as well, plus a few more sunsets. One day I’ll catch up with all my editing. My online shop has taken a little bit of a back seat and I have an exhibition in October to arrange.
Well May’s nearly over and I can say that it has been one of the wettest. My garden is like a swamp and there is no way that my lawn is going to get cut for a long time. The lawnmower will sink!
I have planted out some sunflowers in the front garden but the slugs & snails have found them and now there is nothing left apart from a stalk sticking up out of the ground. Silver, slimy trails meander from the place my sunflowers were once growing, back into the undergrowth, so I’m rather reluctant to plant any more out at the moment!
Putting a part of yourself into what you’re doing
(Noun / Origin: Greek / me·ra·ki)
This is a modern Greek word that’s often used to describe the instance wherein you leave a part of yourself (your soul, creativity, or love) in your work – so it’s like when you intensely love to do something or just about anything that you put something of yourself into it.