Early winter? We are all moaning about the fact that it has become so cold and wet BEFORE the Easter Weekend. Well of course it’s a bit late this year, all to do with the moon of course.
An early spring makes us nervous that new fresh things, buds, flowers, leaves and baby animals will be killed by a last strike by winter. Yet an early winter makes us grumble, at this stage not thinking if winter stores will last till spring. Supermarkets keep us so far from the natural rhythm of the seasons really.
I for one am grateful that someone else does the storing and organising of food so that I can have most things for many months of the year. I’m sad that the peaches are almost all gone, but cheering up because the avos and pawpaws are slowly appearing in the shops.
Of course the purists say we should only eat fruit and veg in their seasons, because they are either forced to grow, or are stored, or are flown in (the carbon footprint of a German Cherry in May here in Johannesburg is rather steep for such a pretty tasty little fruit).
I wonder what prompted me to go and buy 2 pairs of boots a few weeks ago. Did my instinct tell me we are in for a colder winter? Or was it simply that the one pair was a huge mark down in the ‘last of the range’?
I’m fascinated by the way some people claim foreknowledge, when it’s really something as mundane as a good value item on a sale. (After all I wear boots for years, one pair is over 10 years old and still looks good but the black ones were looking rather scruffy really)
That fits in with what I was thinking about driving home yesterday. People with little formal education into history and archaeology love those books that proclaim how the Pyramids were built by aliens, and all the mumbo jumbo that comes with it, loosely based on selected items found by archaeologists. Selective presentation of ‘facts’ and filling in with large dollops of imagination can so easily be sold as a book for the masses. (So why don’t I do it?)
Feeling a little cynical, I’ll toddle off to work now. To face what the day brings. Pyramid building aliens maybe?