The war – and school – is over and Nellie is now a member of the 4th Cambridge Girl Guides. As with the other stories of Nellie I have told, I have a copy of her Nature Diary for May 1919. First of all I was going to post it day by day – then I changed my mind to week by week – and that’s what I am going to do. The first two days of her diary are above – and included in the notes below..
May 1st 1919 was a Thursday – so that’s the day I’m going to start each 7 days of Nellie’s reports. Nellie’s reports are quite brief but, as the days pass by, nature’s world changes – and Nellie notes those changes.
Thursday May 1st: Weather changeable, wind chiefly in the South, very gusty and strong.
Friday May 2nd: Strong north-west wind, but died down later in the day. Cherry and Plum trees just blossoming.
Saturday May 3rd: Warm southern wind. Witch Elm trees just losing their seeds and beginning to bud.
Sunday May 4th: Calm south east wind, very warm. Lilac coming out in bud.
Monday May 5th: South east wind. Blackthorn in flower. [The technical name for this plant is Prunus spinose – the name “blackthorn” is due to the thorny nature of the shrub, and it’s very dark bark. The word commonly used for the fruit is “sloe”.]
Tuesday May 6th: North East wind. Hedges all white with May blossom.
Wednesday May 7th: South East wind. I heard the Cuckoo for the first time. A Pheasant and a Hare ran across our path.
Same time – same place – next week for report two.