Thursday, 10 March 2011

March Madness!

 Here we are again with some facts & dates for March - it is amazing how many pieces of useless information are retained in our grey matter or are accessible on the WWWW (Wonderful World Wide Web!)  

As I am posting this on 10th (incidentally, my lovely sister's birthday!), I have missed a couple, but here you go -

1st - St David's Day.
8th - Shrove Tuesday - Oooh - Pancake Day! Yum!
14th - Save a Spider Day.     

Spiders are fascinating creatures -
                                          8-legged, air breathing arthropods.

There are approximately 40,000 species of spider.

                                Most spiders have 4 pairs of eyes.

                                 Sizes range from 0.015" to 10"!!                                                                                     There are no spiders on Antarctica.                                                                                                          Arachnophobia - A fear of spiders.                                                                                                       
But no matter how scared you are of them, you have got to agree, their webs are beautiful!

17th - St Patrick's Day.
27th - BRITISH SUMMERTIME BEGINS - Please tell the weather!

Flower of March - Daffodil.
      Birthstone - Aquamarine.

                                                The phrase 'Mad as a March Hare' is derived from the eccentric behaviour of hares which supposedly only occurs during this month - their breeding season.  This odd behaviour can include the boxing of other hares & jumping up into the air for no reason what-so-ever!

The most famous mad 'March Hare' is Lewis Carroll's character from 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' appearing at the tea party.

As a celebration of the bright sunny weather we are having, try decorating your favourite loaf cake with springtime flowers.

References -
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll