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Re: Site Updates - Teachers World Seasonal Notes

Postby Julie2owlsdene » 08 Jan 2014, 23:38

I too thought the seasonal notes for this month very interesting, especially Janus with the two faces looking back over the year and looking at the forthcoming year. Enid mentions snow, but of course all we have at the moment is rain!!!

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Re: Site Updates - Teachers World Seasonal Notes

Postby Julie2owlsdene » 01 Feb 2014, 10:43

Just read the Seasonal Notes for this month. They are so interesting to read the bits of information that Enid writes, some I never knew and some you think, oh yes I remember that.

Interesting how she writes that February is sometimes referred to as Fill-Dyke, because when the snow melts it fills the dykes with water!!

If Enid were alive now, she'd see how the seasons are changing, the rain obviously now filling the dykes with all this bad weather!

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Re: Site Updates - Teachers World Seasonal Notes

Postby Poppy » 02 Feb 2014, 13:22

I too, enjoyed the seasonal notes for this month. Interesting how each year has 365 days and six hours, the six hours making an extra day, every leap year. I have never heard February referred to as 'Fill-Dyke'.

So the weather is nice here, today, so according to the piece of information under 'special days' (Candlemas day - today) we still have more winter to come! I wonder if that means snow?

I really enjoyed the February poem, too - lovely description.
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Re: Site Updates - Teachers World Seasonal Notes

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 02 Feb 2014, 15:13

Enid Blyton's Seasonal Notes for February 1929 are as interesting and thought-provoking as ever. The opening quotation from Coleridge:

Winter, slumbering in the open air,
Wears on his smiling face a dream of Spring!


conjures up a lovely image and cheers the heart!

Enid writes, "I expect you have often heard February called Fill-Dyke." Er - no, actually! Like Poppy, I don't think I'd ever heard that before but I'm always ready to learn something new from Enid Blyton.

It occurred to me that the comment about Charles Dickens' characters being "so alive that we feel they really must be somewhere in the world" applies to some of Enid Blyton's own creations too. Characters like Jack and Lucy-Ann Trent, Kiki, Fatty, Bets, Snubby, the Longfields, Elizabeth Allen, Jimmy and Lotta, Mr. Pink-Whistle, the Saucepan Man, Mr. Twiddle and many others feel very "real" to me.
"Heyho for a starry night and a heathery bed!" - Jack, The Secret Island.

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Re: Site Updates - Teachers World Seasonal Notes

Postby John Pickup » 03 Feb 2014, 20:05

Once again, the seasonal notes are very interesting. The mention of February Fill-Dyke brought back memories, my father used this saying as well as March of many weathers for next month.
Walking to work early in the mornings these last couple of weeks, I have noticed the birdsong more pronounced, especially the robins as they start the search for a mate. Enid's observations then are just as relevant today.
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