I’ve seen the first hawthorn blossoms!  Normally they used to come out around the old May Day, which is now 11th May since they messed around with the calendar in 1752.  My Grandparents used to exercise their rights, as commoners, to let their cows onto Lenthay Common, Sherborne, for summer grazing every year on 11th May, an odd date until you realise that the spring grass growth didn’t change with the calendar.

It’s also the reason why the tax year begins on 5th April instead of Lady Day (which used to start the year) on 25th March.


About chrissladesbeeblog

I have been keeping bees since 1978 and currently have about a dozen hives. I am a member of the BBKA where for many years I represented Dorset at the Annual Delegates' Meeting. I am the co-author (with Dave MacFawn of of S. Carolina) of "Getting the Best from Your Bees" and am working on a book of my own poems : "Bee People".
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