Ne’er cast a clout till May be out

Whether May refers to (the end of) the month or the May blossom (Hawthorn), the old saying means don’t take your warm clothes off until the May blossom is out (or the month ends) because cold weather can return during the spring months. It has been pleasantly warm these last few days though the temperature drops quickly as the sun begins to set.

The hedgerows are looking good though.


  1. Suzanne says:

    The flowers look very familiar to old fashioned rose rambler. White flowers in a garden are stunning!

    1. Heyjude says:

      They are rather lovely flowers. I like the pink ones too.

    2. I’ll be sure to pack a jersey, just in case. Lovely spring blooms, Jude.

  2. restlessjo says:

    Aww! So pretty! 🙂 🙂 Hot here! 29/30C yesterday, but lovely by the sea. Yesterday ended with a paddle 🙂 We’re walking with the group in the morning and hoping it’ll not be too fierce but temperatures are set to drop a little after that. Our friends go home Wednesday so they’ve been well spoilt. Hope you’re coping, hon.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Too hot for me to walk in! And I have yet to have a paddle. Thought about the coast today, but it is a chilly wind and I am afraid of setting off the pain again, was better yesterday, though the leg is still numb – a weird sensation!

      1. restlessjo says:

        You are a poor soul! You need to be fit for David’s celebration later this month. 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          Mmm… well that’s changed too.

        2. restlessjo says:

          The operation? You’ll need to update me….😊

        3. Heyjude says:

          I will 🙂

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  4. Su Leslie says:

    Very pretty; I can imagine a whole hedge of this.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The native hedges are lovely, first the blackthorn which was a mass of white and now the hawthorn which has a very pretty flower. I like the pink variety too but haven’t spotted any down here.

  5. Tish Farrell says:

    The hawthorn is being tremendous this year, isn’t it. But I’ve definitely been hanging on to my clouts – piercing wind popping up between sunny intervals. Promising days ahead though.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, that wind is a chilly one. I think we have rain by Friday.

  6. beetleypete says:

    Lovely photo, Jude.
    Rest assured that my own clout has not been cast! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Not in your shorts yet then Pete? Bit nippy here today, but nice and sunny.

  7. Colline says:

    We are currently back to cold again brr!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Sunny here but a cold wind!

      1. Colline says:

        Enjoy it!

  8. Same here, the temperature drops fast as the sun goes down. We’re still having some lovely sunny days, but today was chilly. This photo is so pretty Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The lanes are very pretty at the moment – so many different plants in flower.

  9. Joanne Sisco says:

    Sounds like a pretty good saying to me as May here continues to be … shall we say, tempestuous. Temperatures continue to be about 10C below normal. In other words, it’s cold.

  10. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Although spring took its time to stay, it’s truly lovely this year and I’m very fond of hawthorn!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Hawthorn is very pretty. Could do with some warmth though, there has been a chilly wind here all week.

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