The collective heads at the weather office
looked dumbfounded at the view outside the window
it was a common convention – it rained on a Bank Holiday
and yet, blue skies and sun were the order of the day
flowers were drenched in sunshine
and people were enjoying picnics in the park
as confectioners ran with their easter eggs
to keep their creations whole.
In response to the prompt
It’s hard giving up something you love,
even more when its everywhere in plain sight
but – you made the conscious decision
of giving up chocolate for Lent….
problem is – It’s EVERYWHERE!
Chocolate bars on the counter
Chocolate eggs on the supermarket shelf
So for thirty days – your chocolate cell acts like a demented toddler
“I Wanna bar of Chocolate!!!!” it screams
The arrival of the Easter Bunny can’t come soon enough.
In Response to Seasonal Scents
As I write from my Suburban Terraced House in Salford, Lancashire – I’m reminded we’re still in Winter in Britain. Although the religious festival of Lent has arrived early, which normally means the onset of Spring – there’s a definite nip in the air.
Winter is hanging on for dear life
The smell of pine leaves was abundant around the streets around Christmas time, as was the all too familiar scent of Warm Minced pies, which were in every kitchen where a Christmas Dinner was served. Mulled Wine released the festive smells of Cinnamon , Nutmeg and Cloves in the Christmas Markets and it warmed the hands and the hearts of those who drank it as they walked around the festive stalls.
The Smell of Mulled Wine has been boxed away till next Christmas season, leaving a gap for wintry treats of hot chocolate to take its place.
Wafting aromas of chocolate, mint, caramel and orange travel up the nose. A perfect remedy for the last of the winter weather. As I write, the weatherman on the BBC announces not just Frost on the way – but Snow! So much for the Mercury rising. I’ll wait to see what Mother Nature delivers in the week.
And as Christmas is remembered, but not forgotten. Churches fill the air with scented candles as preparations are made for Easter time. One definite smell of Lent – the smell of the incense from the incense burner at Holy Week, Not for a while yet – but the candles are doing their best to fill the air with a Lenten smell.