There’s an old English saying about March: ‘When March comes in like a lion, it goes out like a lamb,’ and the saying continues (in some versions): ‘When March comes in like a lamb, it goes out like a lion.’
That sums up March as a month of change, and also encompasses the contrasts that can lie within it.
Sometimes it feels as if Winter and Spring are waging a battle for supremacy. Spring saying to Winter: “Are you finished yet?”
And Winter Replying: “I haven’t made up my mind just yet, so don’t go jumping the gun.”
But out there, the retail trade is trying to convince us that Spring is here and winter is gone.
In the spirit of Optimism, Garden Centres are keen to flog Spring plants, and persuade us to buy mowers. Sports shops are keen to dispose of winter stock with tempting discounting offers.
And the pavement cafes are keen to promote the idea of Spring by taking the tethers off their outdoor furniture and setting the tables out to attract custom.
I’ll finish off with another saying about British weather: ‘you can have all 4 seasons in a day.’ And recently I reckon we’ve just about had that; a cold Winter night, Autumn fog in the morning, Spring flowers in bloom, and temperatures high enough for a typical cool British Summer’s day. One word sums up our weather – Capricious!
Let’s hope it’s warmer next week.