April Showers Bring May Flowers. How many of us are familiar with this saying? It certainly rings true this year as April has brought much rain and snow. So plenty of precipitation here. Flowers are sprouting up in fields, yards and forests. Trees and bushes are showing buds of color. Both bring the promise of more color, pollen and allergies.
With today being the last day of April and tomorrow the first day of May I wanted to learn more about this saying. It was written by Thomas Tusser in 1157. The original poem was “Sweet April showers
Do spring May flowers” Chaucer is credited with an earlier version of the poem.
Thomas Tussers poem came from his publication A Hundred Good Points of Husbandrie. The book offered instructions and observations about farming and country customs. It was later expanded and republished as Five Hundreth Pointes of Good Husbandrie in 1573. You can still buy copies of it today.
A quip that I thought was no more than the equivalent of a hallmark card is part of a historical document that conveyed insights into successful farming methods, through observation and experimentation. Sound familiar? The historical scrolls of our art are an observation and study of the principles of how to survive.
I feel fortunate to be part of a tradition of training and studying an ancient art that is still relevant today. This art is still effective and successful in teaching us how to live in harmony and safety with our environment.
Looking forward to training with you.
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