April, The Sweet Time ~
Into the past we travel to learn about the old days and ways of preparedness for planting and sowing ~
ODE TO SPRING ~
"Sweet spring has come, sweet spring has come,
Her steps are on the hills;
She fills the air with singing birds,
She clothes the earth with living green,
She ope's the fragrant flowers."
Excerpt from The Illinois Farmer's Almanac
April ~ 1840
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April is sweet ~
"The [remembrance] of a well-spent life is sweet." . . .
ILLINOIS FARMER'S ALMANAC
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Next, the 1918 Old Farmer's Almanac . . .
APRIL ~ 1918
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"Ceres, most bounteous lady, thy rich leas
Of wheat, rye, barley, vetches, oats and pease;
Thy turfy mountains, where live nibbling sheep,
And that meads thatch'd with stover, them to keep;
Thy banks with pioned and twilled brims,
Which spongy April at thy best betrims,
To make cold nymphs chaste crowns;"
from 1918 Old Farmer's Almanac
Thanks to The Old Farmer's Almanac for making these old treasures of wisdom available to us today!