Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Snowdrop:



Yesterday the hill was frozen hard as a brick. At some point in the night, the icy winds abated, or shifted into a warmer mode. By morning the ground was sodden again, the air mild, the sky low with damp grey clouds. In spite of the very hard freeze, there by the path to the studio stood this snowdrop, sending out a brave and tentative bud. In the language of flowers, the snowdrop, also called Maid of February (because traditionally it blooms on Candlemas, or Groundhog day as it's more generally called...) - signifies Hope.

I happen to like gray and brown, and moody weather of all kinds, but the darker months can be a challenge to cheer ~ and that's why the winter holidays are here, to boost moral until the indomitable spirit of spring returns. In dandyland, having no patience with the peculiar and wrong-headed Georgian calendar, we celebrate that on the old traditional day, Feb. 2nd - but really the change from sap descending to sap ascending is already taking place. Scratch away a few of the damp leaves and underneath you may see the emerging tips of daffodils, coursing with some sort of vegetal anti-freeze. Owls are already sitting on their eggs - by Easter they'll be adolescents. And yesterday Bobby told me that one of the cows down by the branch has a new calf.

This Christmas Eve we've much to be grateful for - Cebah & I are both in good health, the house is secure and the farm is in good shape ~ and the hillside has a budding flower, right in the depth of winter, signifying hope. Here's wishing all you gentle readers a most Merry Christmas & hope for a year of peace and plenty in 2009.

12 comments:

Cathy said...

What a lovely thing to see on a cold gray winter day!

Merry Christmas and much love to you and Cebah (and Pinkie and Alf!), my dearest boy.

Dan Dutton said...

Thanks dear Cathy! 2008 was DOUBLY special in that we had TWO sprees to enjoy each other's company. Let's try for 3 in 09.

Cathy said...

You're on. And let's make one of the three a return to Apifera!

Dan Dutton said...

Aight ~ but must not forget the dream of the sausages of France...

Cathy said...

...or the beaches of Hawaii...

SBD said...

Can WFS and I tag along on at least one of the three?
I will settle for any or all of the afore mentioned but we simply must do NYC!

SBD said...

PS:
A snowdrop emerging from ice...a lovely lovely illusion emerges in my head~~~

SBD said...

I have surmised that time keeping devices and calendars are tedious and boring .....but some do make funny sounds and have interesting pictures and words of wisdom scribbled about~~~~~

Mary Beth said...

Merry Christmas to you Dan and to kind folks who follow this blog1

Thank you for inspiration, hope, and friendship!

One of the 2008 blessings I will count is stumbling upon Dandyland.

Cathy said...

Merry Christmas, Mary Beth! Here's hoping you get to visit Dandyland for real in 2009.

Sarah Belle, of course you and WFS can come along. We could take the Conestoga Wagon.

SBD said...

Deal, Dan!
Mary Beth, I am equally happy to count you into the clan! Good tidings of great joy to you~~~~~~~

Apifera Farm said...

Did I hear Apifera?
Yes, please, please.All are welcome. We will take whoever and whatever comes our way. This is a lovely post, and I saw green grass today under the 24" of snow- it won't last long, but it reminds me of how hope can come in tiny natural things in winter....