It’s always a surprise to find what you associate with cooler days and longer nights on the market in mid-summer.
Savoy cabbage, for example.
It’s only when you listen to country people that you begin to understand the seasons.
Program on Bayern 2 last week was excellent.
Spring starts – irrespective of the vernal equinox – when the forsythia starts blossoming.
Autumn starts when elderberries are ripe and winter kicks in when the oaks lose their leaves.
There are markers for early, mid and late spring as there are for the other seasons and by observing the offsets, country folk can tell you how the climate is changing.
Spring – by this definition – is a month earlier than it was 50 years ago.
Sounds a lot like fashion, when winter kit turns up while you’re sweltering under 30ºC and people drag diaphanous spring thingies home through the snow.
It’s only a matter of time until fashion and climatic seasons align themselves and you can actually buy a sweater when you feel cold….