How can it be May already? I am sure I am not alone in thinking the year has flown by so far!
Regular visitors may have noticed I haven't posted in a couple of weeks. It wasn't planned, but I seem to have had an unofficial blog break! So many of you were involved in A-Z during April that I decided to step back and watch from a far.
So what am I celebrating this week? Firstly, making it to Friday in one piece! It has been busy at work, and I must confess I am quite tired. Hurrah for it being a Bank Holiday weekend in England so an extra day off on Monday.
The bluebells are starting to appear in the local area. I love to see them carpeting the woods. Such a wonderful colour and an important flower in our particular town. Next week the town celebrates Flora Day. Shops are decorated with greenery, bluebells and yellow gorse to mark the official arrival of spring.
The picture above shows a Spanish bluebell. These, slightly paler blooms,have flowers all up the stem giving them an upright appearance. They are somewhat of a threat to the native bluebell whose flowers are all to one side of the stem, giving them their characteristic droopy appearance.
However, not all associations with bluebells are joyful ...
Also known as 'fairy flowers or thimbles,' the bluebell was said to be used by the fairies to trap passing children (they would have to be quite small I think!). Some legends suggest that it is unlucky to pick a bluebell or bring it into your house. As they are a protected species they should not be picked anyway. The blooms do not last long when cut so it is much better to leave them in the woods for all to enjoy. I believe special permission is granted for Flora Day to allow a certain amount to be picked.
Another legend states that wearing a wreath made of bluebells will compel the wearer to tell the truth. Or, try turning the flower inside out without tearing it and you will find your true love!
Thanks to Lexa and her co-hosts
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Katie @ TheCyborgMom