The North Wind Doth Blow

Up here in the north-east the weather can be so contradictory, whatever the season. One day it’s warm, the next near freezing and today is no different. Yesterday we had brilliant sunshine, it was warm enough to sit outside with a coffee. Today, however it’s chilly; the northerly wind is blowing cold enough to chill your bones. Seeing the sycamore tree across the way swaying back and forth only adds to the coldness seeping into my poor old bones. Yesterday I was walking around in a tee-shirt, today its back to the tights and thick jumper. Last week there were butterflies and bees buzzing around in the spring sunshine, the birds were gathered in the garden, chasing each other and fighting for territory, but today they’ve all gone. Wood pigeons are sitting shivering in the bare branches of the oak tree, struggling to hang on against the wind.

Snowdrops and crocus have covered great swathes of the garden, fighting against the elements. Tulips, hyacinths and daffodils are already poking through the cold earth, the strong green shoots unaffected and seemingly thriving in the coldness.

It was while I was sitting this morning huddled in front of the fire that a poem from my childhood popped into my head that seemed to fit exactly with what I’d been pondering. I’m sure many people will also remember it too.

The North Wind Doth Blow

The north wind doth blow,
And we shall have snow,
And what will the robin do then,
poor thing?
He’ll sit in a barn,
And keep himself warm,
And hide his head under his wing,
poor thing!

The north wind doth blow,
And we shall have snow,
And what will the bee do then,
poor thing?
In his hive he will stay,
Till the cold’s passed away,
And then he’ll come out in the spring,
poor thing!

The north wind doth blow,
And we shall have snow,
And what will the dormouse do then,
poor thing?
Rolled up in a ball,
In his nest snug and small,
He’ll sleep til warm weather comes in,
poor thing!

Mother Goose/Traditional

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