Daylight Savings Time doesn’t begin until March 11th, but it is already getting light before 6AM. This means that, if you wake up early, it is to birdsong—the most cheerful sound in an increasingly noisy world. If you or your neighbors have chickens, this also means a rooster—reacting to the earlier dawn-- may be waking you up a bit prematurely. Some may not consider crowing a happy noise, but country sounds always seem preferable to the jackhammers, car horns, wailing sirens and jumpy cacophony of city life.
Ashes (and Egg Drop Soup)
Even if you don’t observe Ash Wednesday, you will certainly notice that some people around town have black smudges on their foreheads. These are ashes from burnt palm fronds saved from the previous year’s Palm Sunday. If you are not inclined to have ashes on your head, do consider spreading ashes in your garden to mark one of the first, very simple, springtime steps towards having a bountiful organic garden this year.