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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Country Diary Of And Edwardian Lady for March

I love to start out a month with a visit to a favorite book...The Country Diary Of And Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden...

Written in the Warwickshire area of England, just north of the Cotswolds, it is an endearing picture of a bygone era and countryside. One of the reasons I think I love it so much, is it is where both my and my husband's families are from. He was born in a small hamlet called Lady Wood by Stratford-Upon-Avon, and my family is from Leicester, not too far from there. 

The Edwardian era stretched from the death of Queen Victoria in 1901 to the death of her son King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra...grandparents of the current Queen Elizabeth II...to the reign of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911.

 Back to Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady...

On the first page of March she has a proverbs and a poem:

"A peck of March dust is worth a king's ransom"

"So many misties in March
So many frosties in May"

"March'll search ye, April try ye,
May'll tell, whether live or die ye"

"March hack ham, comes in like a lion
and out like a lamb"

"March borrowed from Averill
Three days and they were ill
The first it sall br snaw & sleet
The neist it sall be rain & weet
The last it sall be sie a freeze
Sall gar the birds stick to the trees."

This is one of my favorite pages for the month with the birds. I love birds, and in the spring they are particularly welcome...
And I love the Daffodils and pussy willows...

The writer also illustrates and identifies the various bird's egg she finds...I wish I could draw as well...

In honor of the season and St. Patrick's Day, I made some cupcakes...actually saw some similar in a local bakery, and thought I could reproduce them. They were the simplest design I saw...Lol! Must be simple if I could do it!

Thanks for visiting!
Help yourself to a cupcake to have with your tea, as you have a read of Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady. An enduring classic with such charm!

And remember Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage is having her Celebrate Spring Tea on March 17-22nd.


  1. This is one book I've been trying to find, unsuccessfully. I love her drawings and artwork. The verse for March sure sounds like our weather here in the Maritime provinces the past 24 hours. :) I would love to have one of your cupcakes with my afternoon tea Ruth. Thanks for sharing the book and a cupcake. Enjoy your afternoon.

  2. I believe I will have a cupcake, thank you very much! And you know, I don't have that book but have often thought I would probably enjoy it based on the cover alone. Thanks for sharing more about it!

  3. I love that book too and have it on my bookshelf. I need to get it out to read and enjoy it! Happy weekend my friend! Sweet hugs!


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