Reflecting on the weather, I remember thinking at the start of this month: In like a lion, out like a lamb. I think that refers to March weather and applies vice versa: in like a lamb, out like a lion. I look back and see Daniel and Kirsten playing in a paddling pool on 2nd March and now here we are on 3rd April and they are playing in the snow. Out like a lion for sure. Maybe there is some kind of hidden sense in this crazy weather of ours, a sense and pattern that people long ago worked out.
Another saying my mother always quoted: n’er cast a clout, till may is out. She said it meant, never take off a layer of winter clothing, til the may blossom is out on the trees (that is hawthorn). Of course, with all this lovely weather the may has been out for a week or so. In which case, mum would probably have said: well, maybe it means until the month of May is over. She’d prefer that interpretation, anyway. She liked to quote it as my sister and I would be digging out sandals and summer skirts after a week of spring weather.
So maybe this weather is part of a pattern, a much bigger pattern that we do not remember and notice very often, unless we stop and reflect. And maybe that is why I like to write here: it helps me see and take note of the patterns, big and small.