Thursday, 2 May 2013


At last we are seeing the spring here in the UK! May Ist is was just as it should be, sunny and warm. Of course this is the month where traditionally young men and women feel the blood rising in their veins and the urge to celebrate the coming of spring in the time-honoured way.

I listened to the song from Camelot: 'Tra la! It's May! The lusty month of May! That lovely month when everyone goes blissfully astray.' All around me I see babies being born: spring lambs in the fields, baby birds in the trees, a tiny rat in my garden. This makes me wonder whether the sight of new life triggers the urge to make yet more new life, even though we won't see the results of our efforts in May until February!

That of course assumes that conception follows pretty swiftly, which we know is not the case. It's interesting to see that in the USA August is the month when most babies are born, so they were conceived in November. In the UK, September and November are the busiest months for midwives, suggesting conceptions occur in December or February.

But I am still reminded of an old saying here in England: 'Hurray, hurray, the first of May, Outdoor f***ing starts today!'

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