Monday, 2 February 2009


If Candlemas Day be fair and bright,
Winter will have another flight;
But if it be dark with clouds and rain,
Winter is gone, and will not come again.


Candlemas marks the mid-point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. Yesterday, we had the most glorious afternoon with bright sunshine and mild (above zero!) temperatures. After weeks of cold, it was little wonder that people were smiling and I even heard that there were people outdoors in shorts!

I'm just hoping that the second half of winter will be much shorter than the first....