Vernal Equinox

springpasture (500x323)

The tulips and daffodils are up, but not blooming. The flowering almond is almost budded. The Oregon grape is budded. I checked the asparagus on the ditch bank yesterday and it’s not up yet, although usually it’s closer to Easter. The pasture and the surrounding foothills are mostly brown, starting to show green. Last night’s rain was most-welcomed. We’re ready for spring.

According to Nigel Pennick’s “the pagan book of days” today

is sacred to the Norse goddess Iduna, bearer of the magic apples of life who personifies the light half of the year. She appears on this day as a sparrow, bringing joy to humans.

Sounds good –