‘Winter to Spring Puckles’

This week there was an abundance of spring snow showers.  The kind of snow showers where the snowflakes are super chunky and fall gently like a feather.  I love watching snowflakes in the very early stages it is both mesmerising and helps turn any dull landscape into a winter wonderland

‘April’

However, in early April it is all too short-lived and the snowflakes melt as soon as they hit the ground.  Only on the higher grounds and surrounding hilltops keep a little white dusting of snow.  

The dark brown peat hills look like an overbaked chocolate cake with white icing sugar sprinkle on top 

If the snow is still there the next day I know it is colder than usual and my heating goes up.

Winter-to-spring-puckles

Springtime in April to my observation plays the game of hide and seek with the weather elements.  For example, it can be blazing hot and sunny in the morning and then turn icy cold in the afternoon.  There are days when the heat in the home is unbearably hot or when the heat is needed it is low to very cold.  A couple of nights ago I stupidly turned all my central heating down.  The next day I was wearing more woolly garments inside than what I would wear outside!

On another night it was unbearably hot, and I forgot I left my window open during the night.  It was about four o’clock in the morning and I woke up frozen stiff!  There is never a happy medium and thankfully all my central heating is getting replaced this year by the local council.  It might not make any difference as the weather is always changeable never consistently one temperature in Shetland.

All this hot and cold malarkey plays havoc with my sleeping patterns.  Lymphoedema and warmer temperatures are not the best of bedfellows

‘Puckles’

Lastly, what are puckles that I mentioned in the heading above? Puckles are basically what I call hailstones.

According to the 2014 Edition of ‘Shetland Words’ the word puckle is defined as ‘a single grain of seed; a small quantity.  Okay, I didn’t know that until I looked it up!  

Haily-puckle is the specific definition of hail-stone.  I like many locals still call hailstones puckles only

In an odd way calling spring hailstones puckles is like saying they are like the seeds of springtime.

A puckle proverb:

Mony a puckle maks a muckle

(Shetland Words, 2014).  In English, that maybe translates into, ‘many seeds make more’.  In conclusion, I think that is very apt as it is now officially springtime in the UK.

Winter-to-Spring

 

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