Monday, 1 March 2021

Happy March

Happy March to all my friends and readers

New Calendar picture with this
beautiful watercolour painting by Hanka Koebsch

"Danke für die Blumen"
"Thank you for the flowers"

I can't believe two months of the year have passed already. There were no big Covid-related changes. Germany is still in a lockdown and we are eagerly awaiting that it will be our turn to be vaccinated soon. 
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The official name for March in Low German is " Lenzmaond". "Lenz" is an Old High German name for spring.

Of course, spring begins this month, so that's a perfectly sensible word for it. Whilst the meteorologic start of spring is on the 1st of March, the astronomic one is only on the 20th.

But we've already had the beginning of spring in February. After about three days of snow, it started to get warm. People were wearing summer clothes see leftover snow while taking their walks. A town in German (Göttingen) experienced the the largest temperature difference within a week since the weather records began. It moved from -23.8° (Celsius) to 18.1°, so 41.9° in total. Mind you, our thermometers didn't show a huge difference to that.

So, we have the first flowers in the garden and can take nice walks in the sun as long as it doesn't get too hot.

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Weather lore (or farmers' rule) for March: "Snow in March hurts the seeds." (Märzen-Schnee tut den Saaten weh.) The English say "When March blows its horn, your barn will be filled with hay and corn." So we need a lot of thunderstorms but no snow. After all, we all want to eat.

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Have a happy, safe and healthy March with this beautiful watercolour painting by Hanka Koebsch. Aren't the flowers ever so pretty?

You can find many more wonderful pictures on their website here.

You can also have a look under my labels Artist: Frank Koebsch and Artist: Hanka Koebsch where you can find all my posts about them.


  1. Happy March to you! We have had both doses of the Pfizer vaccine, second one last Friday. I hope you get yours soon!
    Over here we talk about how March comes in as a prediction to how it will go out. Today is sunny and warm, so that is called coming in like a lamb, and predicts it could go out like a lion. Whichever it does I am hoping for more rain before summer comes. For sure the world around me looks fresher and greener!

    1. If I look at the numbers, it will be ages until it's our turn. We'll see.

      Yes, I've also heard something about the lamb and the lion. I hope you get your rain, I know things have changed tremendously since we were young. And yes, we need the rain to have our beautiful green landscape. When my son returned home from Australia, his first remark was how green everything looked here. In February!

      I hope you have a great month.