calendar // april

calendar / april ~ sunrise

And that my friends was March. It’s hard to fathom that tomorrow is April considering that ~ despite my crowing last week ~ this week still features forecasted temperatures hitting the big 3-0.

The countdown is on autumn!

April is a big month ~ Easter, school holidays, Anzac Day ~ lots happening and of course we kick off it with the most foolish day of the year.

This image is from a sunrise off far north Queensland when we were up that way late last year. I love those dramatic clouds and peeks of light. I’ve uploaded it to society6 here, too.

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  • April starts on the same day of the week as July in all years, and January in leap years. April ends on the same day of the week as December every year.
  • The Romans gave this month the Latin name Aprilis. The traditional etymology is from the verb aperire, “to open,” in allusion to its being the season when trees and flowers begin to “open”.
  • But because April was sacred to the goddess Venus, her Veneralia being held on the first day, it has been suggested that Aprilis was originally her month Aphrilis, from her equivalent Greek goddess name Aphrodite.
  • In 450BC it had 29 days. The 30th day was added by Caesar during his reform of the calendar.
  • In the US, poetry gets in the spotlight as does jazz appreciation.
  • April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day and April 22 is Earth Day while the third Saturday is Record Store Day.
  • April’s birthstone is the diamond and flower the daisy or sweet pea.

And to kick off the month:

  • Skip to my Lou has some simple and harmless April fool’s ideas here,
  • And there’s 20 interesting facts about April Fool’s Day here.

calendar // march

And it's March ...

Um, March. Really? Already?

I had to include this Instagram picture of February turning into March that I took when I was still on track with the photo a day challenge [we won't speak of that again this month!].

But I love this picture which, like many great images, was a bit of a fluke.  I opened the door for my light and the gentle breeze lifted the calendar.

The calendar is a Stendig calendar, which also hangs in the MOMA. It was part of my Quarterly subscription from swiss miss earlier this year and hangs in our hallway.

calendar // march

It’s a pretty gardenia with a busy little ant scurrying along the edge gracing the March calendar. With a little bit of green for St Patrick’s Day this month.

Download the horizontal March calendar

Download the vertical March calendar

Marching on to some facts about the third month of the year.

  • March starts on the same day of the week as November every year, and February in non-leap years.
  • It’s the change of seasons ~ autumn here in the southern hemisphere and spring in the north.
  • The name of March comes from Latin Martius, the first month of the earliest Roman calendar.
  • It was named for Mars, the Roman god of war who was also regarded as a guardian of agriculture and an ancestor of the Roman people through his sons Romulus and Remus. His month Martius was the beginning of the season for both farming and warfare.
  • Go figure! It’s World Maths Day on the first Wednesday in March and International Women’s Day on March 8.
  • And Pi Day on  March 14
  • The equinox, named the vernal or spring equinox in the northern hemisphere and the autumnal equinox in the southern hemisphere, occurs on dates varying from March 19 toMarch 21.
  • Francophiles unite! It’s International Francophone Day on March 22.
  • Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth! It’s International Day of Happiness on March 20
  • March’s birthstones are aquamarine and bloodstone, these stones symbolise courage, and its birth flower is the daffodil.

calendar // february

february

I cannot believe the first month of 2014 has already whistled away. The smalls go back to school today and life as we know it returns to status “normal”, or as normal as it gets, anyway.

And with the start of school is a busy time of year so I’m getting in early with the February calendar download so we can all be organised and on the ball for the new month.

So February, the month of love.

  • Of course February is the shortest month of the year and the only month with fewer than 30 days, which means it is going to fly by even faster than normal!
  • February starts on the same day of the week as March and November in common years, and on the same day of the week as August in leap years.
  • The Roman month Februarius was named after the Latin term februum, which means purification, via the purification ritual Februa held on February 15 (full moon) in the old lunar Roman calendar.
  •  In Finnish, the month is called helmikuu, meaning “month of the pearl”; when snow melts on tree branches, it forms droplets, and as these freeze again, they are like pearls of ice, which is a much nicer way of remembering it!
  • Having only 28 days in common years, it is the only month of the year that can pass without a single full moon. This last happened in 1999 and will next happen in 2018.
  • It’s Black History Month  in the US and Canada National Bird-Feeding Month in the US.
  • It’s the Super Bowl on the first Sunday in the US and Groundhog Day on February 2
  • Abraham Lincoln and George Washington both have birthdays in February
  • Argentina marks the National Day of the Sun
  • And in the UK and the US they have National Wear Red Day to show support for the awareness of heart disease.
  • It’s birth flower is the violet or viola and the common primrose, it’s birthstone the amethyst.

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