Saturday, 1 February 2014

Introduction to February

Here we are at the start of our last month together at 12 Months in View.  January seems to have flown past and now we're in February.

You can find out about the bizarre days celebrated in February.  How about celebrating Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbours Day on February 7th?  Or Tell a Fairy Tale Day on February 26th?

Of course the famous day in February is Valentine's Day.  Find out about St.Valentine.

This February will see the Winter Olympic Games from 7th - 23rd February.

The Flower of the Month this month on 12 Months in View is the Crocus.  Judy kindly sent me this photo.

The Crocus by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Beneath the sunny autumn sky,
With gold leaves dropping round,
We sought, my little friend and I,
The consecrated ground,
Where, calm beneath the holy cross,
O'ershadowed by sweet skies,
Sleeps tranquilly that youthful form,
Those blue unclouded eyes.
Around the soft, green swelling mound
We scooped the earth away,
And buried deep the crocus-bulbs
Against a coming day.
"These roots are dry, and brown, and sere;
Why plant them here?" he said,
"To leave them, all the winter long,
So desolate and dead."
"Dear child, within each sere dead form
There sleeps a living flower,
And angel-like it shall arise
In spring's returning hour."
Ah, deeper down -- cold, dark, and chill --
We buried our heart's flower,
But angel-like shall he arise
In spring's immortal hour.
In blue and yellow from its grave
Springs up the crocus fair,
And God shall raise those bright blue eyes,
Those sunny waves of hair.
Not for a fading summer's morn,
Not for a fleeting hour,
But for an endless age of bliss,
Shall rise our heart's dear flower.

A February Remembrance
The Day the Music Died Day commemorates the untimely death of singers Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper. These three Rock singers died in an airplane crash on February 3, 1959. at the height of their popularity.

Here's your February checklist.

Art Challenge
Make a page inspired by the information or inspiration you have found here.  How about using a Buddy Holly lyric? Don't forget to share it with us.