Springtime in Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s Mearns: Re-openings and Awakenings
The month of March traditionally marks the end of long winter hibernation and a return to the busy activities of outdoor life. Despite freezing rains and late snow storms, the meteorological (or seasonal) start to spring in the Northern Hemisphere is March 1st while the astrological start of Spring, the Vernal Equinox, is March 20th. It is a busy month for farmers. March is a time for calving and lambing, a time to drill sugar beets and to spread fertilizer. And, as Gibbon writes of cows in the “The Land”, it is time to adventure out of the cozy, warm winter quarters and delight in the world out-of-doors.
All winter the cattle were kept to the byres. This morning saw their first deliverance–cows and stirks and stots and calves they grumphed and galumphed from the byre to the park and squattered
ain astounded delight in the mud, and boxed at each other. And stared a bovine surprise at the world, and went mad with delight and raced around the park, and stood still and mooed: they mooed on a long devilish note, the whole lot of them, for nearly two minutes on end and for no reason at all but delight in hearing their own moo
On March 4th, the Grassic Gibbon Center will reopen for the season. How much we will “delight” in the mud may be a question best left unanswered and I will make no promises for the grumphing and galumphing, but nevertheless we shall delight in the hearing of our own voices and those of our neighbors again. Starting on Monday the 4th, we will be open daily from 10 am until 4:30 pm. So come by for some soup and toasties, or some tea and homemade cakes, to take off the chill from those brisk spring days.
With the reopening of the Center for the 2019 season, we invite you to join us for Mearns Makars. The group meets to on the second Tuesday of every month from 7pm- 9pm at Arbuthnott Hall. Bring along whatever you are working on and enjoy a nice chat, a bit of show and tell, and a hot cuppa to keep the chill off. (Cost 2£). You might just get some good ideas for springtime crafting like a koozie for your hot-water bottle or a warm jumper for the cool mornings.