We aim to take photographs of all the local events and activities in our community. Some readers have kindly sent in pictures of their holidays which you may enjoy viewing as well.
The Altrincham Festival took place in July and our photographer was there to capture the days festivities.
All of the pictures have been uploaded onto our website www.haahandbook.co.uk and are available to download free of charge.
All of our pictures are available to download for free.
Well, I hope that is all March brings this month and Spring is on its way. March, I always think, is a wonderful time of the year, the sky is getting lighter, the flowers are starting to bloom and the dreary, cold winter period is becoming a thing of the past (fingers crossed).
The March flower is Daffodil. The daffodil, also known as Jonquil or Narcissus, is often recognized as a yellow flower but other colour varieties are white and orange. It is a widely cultivated ornamental plant with clustered flowers and a trumpet shaped central crown. This fragrant flower is native to southern Europe.
Romans, who brought daffodils to Britain, believed the sap of the flower had healing powers but the word narcissus comes from Greek mythology. Christians have adopted the daffodil as a symbol of Easter as it was believed that the flower first bloomed during the time of Christ’s Resurrection. The legend says it was in the Garden of Gethsemane during the actual time of The Last Supper which symbolized great sorrow and hope for much better things to follow.
It was believed that bad luck would occur if a single daffodil was taken into a home and the best way to avoid such misfortune was to give a full bouquet as a present and the household would be filled with good luck. The word daffodil can be traced back to the 1500’s replacing the original name of ‘affodyle’, which meant ‘that which comes early.’ The word ‘de affodil,’ a Dutch adaptation of the Greek myth of asphodel is where the origin of the flower name is said to come from. The asphodel flower, according to the Greek myth, was associated with death as the flower blossomed over the meadows where the souls of the dead were said to wander. In Germany the flower is known as Ostergloken or ‘Easter bells’ and in England they are known as Lent Lillies where Prince Charles receives a single daffodil annually as a tradition. It is considered a rent payment for the unattended lands located in the Isles of Scilly.
I hope you have a wonderful March and enjoy St David‘s Day, St Patrick’s Day and Mothering Sunday. March is a busy month but don’t forget to stop and smells the flowers.
The clocks will “Spring Forward” on 31st March as British Sumertime officially begins.
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