The north easterly wind rattles my ancient sash windows and the Snowdrops close their petals tightly against the chill. Pulling on my warmest hat, I head out to the garden to set up my little French grey painted table outside my gate. I have been selling pots of Snowdrops decorated with feathery moss there.
This is the first time I have done this and it is such fun! I leave an honesty box padlocked to my gate for customers to leave their payment and every day the change in the tin has exactly matched the number of Snowdrops sold. And when I set them out, they look so sweet and hopeful; a little sign of Spring, cushioned by moss. I check my calendar and Spring is not due to begin here until March 20th. This is like torture! Surely there is something I can do to speed things up a bit?
Then the happy solution drops into my inbox in a post from Lucy of all right choices. Lucy lives in Romania where her country’s celebrations of Spring start today, on the first day of March. Little gifts decorated with red and white string are made or bought and given to loved ones, to mark the day. For it is believed that the person who wears the gifts decorated with this special string will enjoy a healthy and prosperous New Year. You can read all about this ancient and traditional way of marking the arrival of Spring in Romania in Lucy’s post.
I asked Lucy if she would mind if I shared in this special day by making some little gifts for my own family and friends and she seemed to be as excited about it as I was! So, here is what I made……
Thanks to Lucy I have introduced a new tradition into my home, helping to link me with new and old friends and suddenly, Spring seems just that little bit closer.