Saturday, 8 March 2014
Last Thursday I had the pleasure of working in two lovely homes in the Cotswolds....both set in fabulous gardens and landscape. The perk of my job was being able to have a walk looking at snowdrops break between each painting job. Above is Sudeley Castle, outside relative calm....inside buzzing with the preparations of opening for the new season..March 17th. This year I've been painting life sized figures both for signs and display. The next photos are from Salperton Manor where I was doing some decorative interior painting.
On one of my regular stops between the two places I saw the strangest deer...at least that must have been...large as a deer, very rusty red coat, pricked up ears but with the longest white bushy tail up in the air...probably about two foot long!...very odd. I've looked through the internet and the only pictures that look like it was 'the white tail deer' native in America!
In the grounds is All Saint's Church, still used by parishioners...rather chilly inside but is worth visiting to see the rediscovered 'Doom'. A lengthy restoration taking off layers of whitewash..there must be hundreds of old churches around the country hiding amazing wall paintings.
Anyway, back to snowdrops...Galanthus...meaning snowflower.They are also known as 'Fair maids of February, Candlemass bells and Mary's tapers.
This flower is associated with Imbolic and is the celtic flower of St Brigid. In the bible God put the flower on earth to comfort Eve when she spent her first winter out of the Garden of Eden. An angel comforting Eve caught a snowflake, breathed on it and it fell to the ground as the first snowdrop. It is the flower of consolation, just by looking heals the hearts wounds.
In Germany there is a legend where God sent the snow to the flowers to get colour, All the flowers refused except for the snowdrop. In thanks the snowdrop was allowed to be the first bloom of the year.
Did you know that Snow White was originally called Snow Drop but it wasn't catchy enough!