Gosh !!! it is nearly " Martisor " again, always a nice time of year when we herald in the Spring. Here in Romania we give each other little Amulets, exchanging them is a gesture of love , friendship, respect and appreciation. These amulets at the beginning of the 19th century were worn around the neck or on the left hand in the belief they protected and brought you good luck for the year. People wore them from the 1st. March to the 12th March and waited for the first birds to appear in their village then they hung them in the first tree they saw in blossom. I think this is one of the nicest traditions but there are many more here.
I saw the first snowdrops yesterday, lovely a sure sign Spring is round the corner. I must say it has been a very mild winter here again , not many days that I had to wear my thermal undies!!! I am hoping my visitors (Angie and Pattie) from Oldham, near Manchester will be able to see the many little stalls on the Boulevard selling flowers and amulets for "Martisor" I am sure they will think it is a lovely tradition too.