the first day of march
Beautiful spring daffodils
in honour of our Welsh friends, for whom this is St David's day.
However, there is another reason why the first day of March is significant.
According to the meteorological seasons, today marks the first day of spring.
The meteorological seasons splits the year into four equal parts of three months each and spring starts on the first of March each year.
In contrast the astronomical seasons are governed by the equinoxes and this year the spring equinox, when the length of day and night are equal, falls on March 20th.
See here for more detailed explanations.
But since today has been a beautiful sunny day, I am going with the meteorological seasons and declare spring officially sprung!
( By coincidence, I noticed when flicking back through my blog, that I had posted on March 1st last year and that was a beautiful sunny day too!)
Of course, if I was really celebrating St David's day, I would be making Cawl, a traditional stew made from those most Welsh ingredients - lamb and leeks-
but instead I made bread!
An oat and linseed loaf, made following Dan Lepard's no knead method.
It has to be the easiest, most relaxed method of making bread there is.
No difficult kneading, but instead just some gentle folding and resting of the dough.
The recipe and method for his easy white loaf can be found here.
Happy Sunday everyone!