So I’m now 23 days into my #EveryDayinMay challenge to myself. And Spring is moving towards summer. Here are some photos I took around the beginning of the month
And now some taken on walk today.
First I noticed these Hawthorn or “May” blossoms.
Do you know the saying “Ne’er cast a clout ’til May is out”? There’s often debate, disagreement even, over its meaning.
Is it referring to the month or the flower?
And what is a “clout” or “cloot”?
Well in Scotland a “cloot” is a cloth, and can be used as word for vest. As in don’t stop wearing your vest until. ..
Well until when?
Until the 1st of May, or when the Hawthorn blooms?
Or perhaps the end of May? With May being “out” meaning over?
And then my mother used to say the same thing. In Wales. Where we didn’t use the word “clout” in the same way. Although it was usually a warning not to go out without a coat.
And walking along I noticed the blossom wasn’t even at the same stage everywhere.
So: “Don’t take off your vest/coat/make any rash decisions that it’s summer, until it’s May/May is over/Hawthorn starts to bloom/is in full bloom.
Is that clear now?
But everywhere I walked there were signs of summer, bluebells going over and being replaced by campion.
Wild roses starting to bloom.
Ditches are filling up with irises and umbellifers,
anemones and peonies blooming in gardens.*
the trees in fare in full leaf and bloom.
Those lambs getting bigger. And wiser.
No room for these guys though.
All topped off with beautiful summer weather**
*mine are still in bud and getting battered by the wind
**winds of 50+mph and a temperature of 9.9 degrees centigrade
Oh, and there are still plenty of rabbits, they were just a bit too quick to catch on camera