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    • Fruitcake
    • By Fruitcake 20th Mar 17, 9:27 AM
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    Happy Ostara
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    • 20th Mar 17, 9:27 AM
    Happy Ostara 20th Mar 17 at 9:27 AM
    Today is Ostara, the Spring Equinox. A day of equilibrium, neither harsh winter nor the merciless summer (and flying pigs.)

    Today heralds the beginning of Spring and the start of the agricultural year. On this day at 10.29 gmt, darkness and light are in balance. From this day onward, day will dominate the night and the Earth will explode with life.

    Ostara is the second of the 3 spring festivals. This Sabbat occurs in mid march when day and night are of equal length. This festival is also of fertility where seeds are blessed for planting soon after.
    Painted eggs, baskets of flowers and the like are generally used to decorate the house.

    Merry meet and merry part,
    Bright the cheeks and warm the heart.
    Last edited by Fruitcake; 20-03-2017 at 9:33 AM.
    I married my cousin. I had to...
    I don't have a sister.

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    • fairy lights
    • By fairy lights 20th Mar 17, 9:54 AM
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    fairy lights
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    • 20th Mar 17, 9:54 AM
    You call this the first day of spring?
    It's raining, it's cold, it's so dark I've got all the lights switched on.
    Where are the gambolling lambs and chocolate chickens and pastel coloured ribbons?
    I want my money back.
    • Mandelbrot
    • By Mandelbrot 20th Mar 17, 10:31 AM
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    • 20th Mar 17, 10:31 AM
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    • 20th Mar 17, 10:31 AM
    Today is Ostara, the Spring Equinox. A day of equilibrium, neither harsh winter nor the merciless summer (and flying pigs.)

    Today heralds the beginning of Spring and the start of the agricultural year. On this day at 10.29 gmt, darkness and light are in balance.
    Originally posted by Fruitcake
    Drat.
    Now they are out of balance again ...
    • Fruitcake
    • By Fruitcake 20th Mar 17, 10:37 AM
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    • 20th Mar 17, 10:37 AM
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    • 20th Mar 17, 10:37 AM
    You call this the first day of spring?
    It's raining, it's cold, it's so dark I've got all the lights switched on.
    Where are the gambolling lambs and chocolate chickens and pastel coloured ribbons?
    I want my money back.
    Originally posted by fairy lights
    I'll send you a cheque then. One plack, three groats wasn't it?

    Drat.
    Now they are out of balance again ...
    Originally posted by Mandelbrot
    But look at the lovely liquid sunshine.
    I married my cousin. I had to...
    I don't have a sister.

    All my screwdrivers are cordless.
    "You're Safety Is My Primary Concern Dear" - Laks
    • professor~yaffle
    • By professor~yaffle 20th Mar 17, 1:55 PM
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    • 20th Mar 17, 1:55 PM
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    • 20th Mar 17, 1:55 PM
    Likewise, I wish someone would remind the weather it's supposed to be spring! The wind's gusting round here like Wuthering Heights.
    • Tipsntreats
    • By Tipsntreats 20th Mar 17, 2:33 PM
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    • 20th Mar 17, 2:33 PM
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    • 20th Mar 17, 2:33 PM
    Likewise, I wish someone would remind the weather it's supposed to be spring! The wind's gusting round here like Wuthering Heights.
    Originally posted by professor~yaffle
    Wuthering Heights - That was all romantic and stuff.
    Pyx will bring it forth
    • Fruitcake
    • By Fruitcake 20th Mar 17, 3:29 PM
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    • 20th Mar 17, 3:29 PM
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    • 20th Mar 17, 3:29 PM
    Wuthering Heights - That was all romantic and stuff.
    Pyx will bring it forth
    Originally posted by Tipsntreats

    The wind is whistling round the Quantocks by here, but at least the sun is now shining.
    I married my cousin. I had to...
    I don't have a sister.

    All my screwdrivers are cordless.
    "You're Safety Is My Primary Concern Dear" - Laks
    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 20th Mar 17, 4:10 PM
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    • 20th Mar 17, 4:10 PM
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    • 20th Mar 17, 4:10 PM
    It's very much Spring round Tightfisted Towers. There are bees in the grape hyacinths, The mini daffs have been out for a fortnight, the goosegrass has been raked off the flower beds, the raspberry canes are sprouting and the sad looking mini cherry tree has been relocated from its pot into a sunny place where it can stretch its toes out and grow more than one flowering/fruiting spur.

    The wren is making short work of the spillages from the bird table when not telling the Idiot Cat off for looking at him and the Idiot Cat is sulking because the old canes and overgrown bits of rose have all been pruned out, so he can't hide and look at the Wren in peace.


    Just hoping this rain helps the seeds to germinate.
    I could dream to wide extremes, I could do or die: I could yawn and be withdrawn and watch the world go by.

    Yup you are officially Rock n Roll
    Originally posted by colinw
    • Fruitcake
    • By Fruitcake 20th Mar 17, 4:19 PM
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    • 20th Mar 17, 4:19 PM
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    • 20th Mar 17, 4:19 PM
    It's very much Spring round Tightfisted Towers. There are bees in the grape hyacinths, The mini daffs have been out for a fortnight, the goosegrass has been raked off the flower beds, the raspberry canes are sprouting and the sad looking mini cherry tree has been relocated from its pot into a sunny place where it can stretch its toes out and grow more than one flowering/fruiting spur.

    The wren is making short work of the spillages from the bird table when not telling the Idiot Cat off for looking at him and the Idiot Cat is sulking because the old canes and overgrown bits of rose have all been pruned out, so he can't hide and look at the Wren in peace.


    Just hoping this rain helps the seeds to germinate.
    Originally posted by Jojo the Tightfisted
    Jenny doesn't visit us as often as I would like, but in my opinion she has a voice as sweet as a nightingale when she does.

    Our two cherry plum trees have been in full bloom for a week but the wind is knocking off and turning the soggy garden into carpet blossom.
    Oh, and the bluebells are well on their way skywards.

    Oh, my Lovely Cousin has just informed me that her eyes have started itching since the sun came out. Ruddy hayfever! It really must be the start of Spring.
    Last edited by Fruitcake; 20-03-2017 at 5:02 PM.
    I married my cousin. I had to...
    I don't have a sister.

    All my screwdrivers are cordless.
    "You're Safety Is My Primary Concern Dear" - Laks
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 20th Mar 17, 5:12 PM
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    I went out a couple of hours ago, wearing a fleece as I thought it was cold, and within minutes I was far too hot!

    Yet it was freezing yesterday!
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
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    • professor~yaffle
    • By professor~yaffle 20th Mar 17, 6:14 PM
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    It's cold here! I went out in my winter woolly hat.
    • The Last Username
    • By The Last Username 20th Mar 17, 6:23 PM
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    The wind is whistling round the Quantocks by here, but at least the sun is now shining.
    Originally posted by Fruitcake
    Oh I don't like the sound of that!
    Just as you're recovering, the LAST thing you want is the wind whistling around your Quantocks Fruity.


    Apart from rain earlier it really is most springlike.
    Diffidolls in bloom, gambolling lambs, and the wood pigeons which nest in our trees are obviously feeling frisky.
    Plus it is still t-shirt weather here.
    • Tipsntreats
    • By Tipsntreats 20th Mar 17, 7:14 PM
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    I have been puzzling all day - How does one get a spring in ones step?
    • The Last Username
    • By The Last Username 20th Mar 17, 7:21 PM
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    I have been puzzling all day - How does one get a spring in ones step?
    Originally posted by Tipsntreats
    Like this:

    That's how.
    • Tipsntreats
    • By Tipsntreats 20th Mar 17, 7:28 PM
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    Like this:

    That's how.
    Originally posted by The Last Username
    Oh I can see me in those. Gosh I trip over on foot!
    • The Last Username
    • By The Last Username 20th Mar 17, 7:30 PM
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    Oh I can see me in those. Gosh I trip over on foot!
    Originally posted by Tipsntreats
    Ah yes.
    Perhaps smaller springs for you, eh?
    How is that arm, Tips?
    • Tipsntreats
    • By Tipsntreats 20th Mar 17, 7:34 PM
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    Ah yes.
    Perhaps smaller springs for you, eh?
    How is that arm, Tips?
    Originally posted by The Last Username
    Nearly better, it just takes a while for the bone to heal.
    Thank-you for asking.

    Actually I would have fun on those! I would be jumping around like a mad March hare.
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 20th Mar 17, 7:59 PM
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    Oh I don't like the sound of that!
    Just as you're recovering, the LAST thing you want is the wind whistling around your Quantocks Fruity.

    Originally posted by The Last Username
    Windy quantocks are the pits.

    Try charcoal biscuits.


    (Although, all they did for me was give me black teeth. )





    Which are worse.......windy quantocks or windy mendips?
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

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    Founder Member: WIMPS ANONYMOUS
    • Fruitcake
    • By Fruitcake 21st Mar 17, 9:31 AM
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    Windy quantocks are the pits.

    Try charcoal biscuits.


    (Although, all they did for me was give me black teeth. )





    Which are worse.......windy quantocks or windy mendips?
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    Black teeth? Were you getting into character for a part as a Victorian urchin or something for one of your Old English Language lectures?

    Since I can see and easily reach the Mendips, but the Quantocks are out of sight and difficult to get at with my limited mobility, I would definitely say the latter.
    Oh, there is damp in my rhyne as well. It's giving me twinges.
    I married my cousin. I had to...
    I don't have a sister.

    All my screwdrivers are cordless.
    "You're Safety Is My Primary Concern Dear" - Laks
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 21st Mar 17, 10:54 AM
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    Black teeth? Were you getting into character for a part as a Victorian urchin or something for one of your Old English Language lectures?

    Since I can see and easily reach the Mendips, but the Quantocks are out of sight and difficult to get at with my limited mobility, I would definitely say the latter.
    Oh, there is damp in my rhyne as well. It's giving me twinges.
    Originally posted by Fruitcake
    Not damp in your rhyne!
    (Do they make Tena Men?)



    Charcoal biscuits are black, so while you're eating them, you get black teeth.
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
    Founder Member: WIMPS ANONYMOUS
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