Thursday, March 1, 2012

Leo and Aries

Today is March. 
It is definitely roaring in. 
When we say "In like a lion and out like a lamb" we are probably referring to the constellations Leo, the lion and Aries, the ram or lamb. 
There are buds buried deep in this lilac branch waiting, as we all are this time of year, for a warm breath of Spring. 
There is something hiding in the shelter of those old stumps and I decided not to investigate. 
 The wind is blowing furiously from the North today and it difficult to take still photos.
 It is not cold, by our standards. We could be 20 below zero Fahrenheit at this time of year. We are fifty degrees warmer than our record low and forty degrees colder than our record high.
We are content to call that moderate weather. 
Except for the wind which began to howl during the night. 
Like Leo the Lion roaring in from the stars above. 
On the lake the ice is frozen firm and deep. 
 It has little puffs of snow that could be lamb's wool torn into tufts.
 In days of old a feast of lamb was a Springtime joy, available only during Spring lambing.
But now, the meat is available year round. 
 Although the meat is still associated with Spring
And often served with the fresh green sprigs of mint from the garden. 
 If we are patient, Aries, the ram will bring us the lamb of Spring later in March.
 That is the story.
It is rarely the truth in GriggsDakota.

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