Sunday, March 18

Easter Tree - 2012

Spring is here, and Easter is coming, so I've decorated my Easter branches. Traditionally, the eggs would have been painted hard boiled eggs, to be shelled and eaten on Easter Day.

Like many traditions associated with Christian festivals, bunnies and eggs are 'borrowings' from earlier religions. The Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre was associated with the hare, and the Zorastrians painted eggs for Nowrooz, their New Year celebration which fell on the Spring equinox.

I'm just glad that we don't have don't have the Polish tradition of 'Switch Day'. On Easter Monday boys whack (switch) girls with willow branches!

Friday, March 9

Sun, sky, stone...

Lots of people complain about the weather in Oxford.

However, on these clear, cold Spring days the sky is beautiful.

The sun brings out the glow of the stone.