The Contemporary New England Witch

The Contemporary New England Witch
Ms Faith

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Oooh! The Contemporary New England Witch's 100th post!!

 Good Evening,

Yes, this is the 100th post of The Life and Times of a Contemporary New England Witch and I have you to thank!  This has been so much fun and I've received so many really wonderful comments and feedback that I hope to continue this discussion as long as you want to read it.

Tonight' s discussion is brief but timely.  Notice, those in this New England area, the light snow fall we had last night?  This snowfall is special.   You see, after the spring equinox, which was last week, and some warming weather, which we've had the last couple of weeks, a light snow fall like the one last night is referred to by New England farmers and witches as 'poor man's fertilizer'.

This snow will contribute to the greening that will take place quite soon, now that's it's happened.  We're also scant days away from the first of April, so there should be little to no additional snow.  Having said that I remember back about maybe ten years ago or so, when we had a snow fall of 12 inches, a solid foot! on April 1st. Talk about April fool's day,   (Oh, and we will, have no fear!)  But even so, any snow that falls now will melt quickly as the ground is warming up and the warmer weather is near.  Yeah!  As much as I love my New England seasons, I have had enough of winter this year.  I want to clean off my gardens and start planting and watching the perennials burst through the ground.

Have you taken a walk outside yet?  Oh, so many things are happening.  The crocus are smiling their happy little faces skyward, the daffodils are bursting through and the forsythia is blushing yellow.  The birds are chipper with excitement and oh so very much to do!  You see, even though the birds had a nice, warm, properly constructed nest throughout the winter, many birds are intent on building entirely new nests or repairing the ones they already have now that spring is upon us.

                  Bird's Nest with dryer lint as lining



One thing I like to do this time of year is gather old ribbon (cloth, not plastic), satin cording, yarn and thread and cut it into small sections appx 4 - 6 inches long.  Then I go outside and lay the strands over evergreen bushes and on tree branches.  You'll see if you're observant, birds of every hue coming to gather the strands and fly away with them.  Many people will never see the final result, but I have over the years come across the occasional discarded old 'last year's' nest and upon close examination, have seen the yarn and ribbon I've put out, neatly woven into the design of the nest.

I also put out dryer lint, in small handfuls, also placed on bushes or shrubs, for the birds to line their nests softly to protect the eggs they will soon lay.  Place the materials outside for the birds to 'discover' and take away on their own. If you find a nest, especially with eggs or baby birds inside, please do not touch it.  Placing anything in the nest yourself, or handling the nest will cause some mother birds to abandon their nest and thus the eggs or baby birds will perish.  We can assist Mother Nature by putting out string and lint, but there's a limit to what we can do.  A proper Mother bird wants to build and decorate her nest herself, allow her to do so. 

This is also true if you have bird houses or boxes on your property.  You may clean them out, very soon (like right now) and then a bird may find the house and move in.   Worry not if this doesn't happen right away, it may take a season or two, but someone will move in.  I have a terracotta bird feeder that some house wrens moved into and build a nice home.  The feeder is now a bird house.  I do not clean out this house, as wrens will clean out and rebuild all on their own.  But I do enjoy watching these little engineers.

Continue to put out bird seed and suet cakes as this gives our feathered friends much needed energy for this busy time of year, and if you're very lucky and very aware you might find a discarded feather or two, a gift from the element of air, and your feathered friends to put on your altar. 



Peace and Happiness


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