Harbingers

It’s not just exotic fruits, today has brought two further harbingers of Spring.  For the avoidance of doubt, these signs prefigure the tilting of the Earth’s northern hemisphere towards the sun and not the recent Flemish performing arts based kids’ soap opera (and there’s a conjunction of adjectives I never expected to be able to use).

Portent 1: For the first time in 2011 I have been out cycling in shorts!

Portent 2: The first snowdrops are flowering in my garden.

To boost the visual appeal of this blog, I decided to include a photograph of one of these events.  To spare you, my dear readers, any further distress, I have gone with the snowdrop option.

A harbinger of Spring

If there is sufficient public demand, a picture of the author in cycling shorts might be posted at some time in the future.  If nothing else, it could be used to keep slugs off your brassicas.

Returning to less disturbing thoughts, I found myself worrying about the common name for members of the Genus Galanthus (as regularly readers will have realised, this blog is sponsored by the Linnean Society).  It makes about as much sense as rain flakes (as opposed to Reign flakes, the Queen’s breakfast of choice) – perhaps we should refer back to the Greek nomenclature and create the composite (but more logical) name of Milkdrop for these early heralds of Persephone’s return from the kingdom of Hades. Unless you have a better idea…

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