Friday February 8th 2013
This Winter feels colder than last year's winter.
I know this because this year's Winter always feels considerably colder
than last year's Winter. However, today is the eighth of February,
and today Snowdrops are well on their way to peak bloom.
Last Year, peak bloom for Snowdrops was February eighteenth. So we
are a few days off. More interesting perhaps, is the
condition of Snowdrop in February of 2010. In that year Peak Bloom
for Snowdrop was achieved around the twenty-fifth of February. And
in the years before 2010, I could generally say peak bloom for
these particular Snowdrop was somewhere around the last ten days of
February. This year, if it stays mild in the daytime, we could see
peak bloom for Snowdrop even earlier than 2012, which in the view of
many was a warmer year.
These are far from scientific observations.
Rather, they belong to a quasi-rational approach that indulges emotion
by allowing it full range. No Vernier Caliper, no Slide Rule or
measuring device of any sort. For example, I firmly believe the Mole
beneath the Vegetable Garden has grown to about the size of small Elephant,
and I'm inclined to the idea that there's an Elf, or a small boy, whose
pleasure in life is hiding things form me. So I am not a reliable source for
information deemed empirical, or worthy of trust. All the same, I'm not yet
completely round the bend because while about my business at the urinal at
my place of employment, I don't suddenly and for no good reason inform the
fidgeting throng, that "fifteen years ago we used to get big snows in
Kentucky." Another ten years or so and I'm confident there'll be Hippo in
the Green River.