Category Archives: Seasons

Summer Solstice xià zhì 夏至 Jun 21st

This year the summer solstice falls on the 21st of June. This event is celebrated in many places. Not surprisigly in Sweden and Finland it is a big holiday with lots of public festivities. It is a holiday tied to … Continue reading

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Hot Summer Days and Light Summer Reading

We are finally getting days of heat and humidity, the kind that will have clouds piling up by noon and dark skies by two or three. The wind begins to pick up and you hear the thunder. It means working in … Continue reading

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Grain in Ear máng zhǒng 芒种 Jun 6th

On June 6th the solar term of Grain in Ear began. China is divided by climate into a wheat growing north and a rice growing south. At this time in the north the wheat becomes ripe and in the south … Continue reading

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Small Full (Grain) xiǎo mǎn 小满 May 21st .

On May 21st we moved into the Chinese calendar solar term of Small Ful. This refers to the grain and seed crops which are now beginning to become plump, but are not yet ripe. As an example, my blackberry bushes … Continue reading

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Grain Rain gǔ yǔ 谷雨 Apr 20th

On April 20th the sixth solar term called Grain Rain began. This originally marked the time when the early crops showed their shoots. In early spring the green of new rice shoots is a brilliant color and very beautiful. My … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Easter Already? I’m Not!

I have been so busy Easter is upon me and I didn’t eve realize it. I’ve done no preparation. There is no Easter basket and no candy. This will not be missed. Candy appeared in the stores so early I … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Kitten ‘Season’ Again

Spring is in the air, sort of. I am looking forward to my lilacs blooming. Still, nice days are disrupted by high winds and alternating rainy days. Additionally, some of the signs of spring are less welcome. The annoying chorus … Continue reading

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