Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Danish Heatwave is coming!

“Wow, have you seen the weather forecast? We’re in for a heatwave come Thursday!” That was the conversation I had with my vinterbadning (winterbathing) buddies this morning as, tugging our bathrobes tightly around us, we attempted to remove the last of the snow from the bathing bridge steps… [If you want to see what our bridge looked like a few weeks ago go read Winter bathing - who wants a slushice?]



And how high will the temperatures get? A whole six degrees (43f) – woop, woop! ;) We’ve got off fairly lightly this winter – only a very few occasions when snow has stopped the traffic. Only a fortnight when the sea froze over and we weren’t able to get into the water for our daily skinny dip. But, unfortunately, it’s been a very long grey and dull winter – and we’ve had below zero temperatures for months…boo!

But spring is definitely on its way. I know this because the first Danish heralds of forår are the tiny yellow erantis. And they’re popping up all over my garden…

Heralds of spring...erantis!
Heralds of spring...erantis!

You’ll see them everywhere. Often beside vintergækker (snowdrops). Which, incidentally, you’re soon going to need if you’re going to follow the singularly strange but sweet Danish tradition of sending a Gækkebrev or Secret Snowdrop Letter!

Vintergækker (snowdrops) and erantis
Vintergækker (snowdrops) and erantis

Have a terrific Tuesday!

Diane :)

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