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Read How they prevented scurvy among early mariners, and also made beer. Article.
So near to paradise all pairing ends:
Here loveless birds now flock as winter friends,
Content with bud-inspecting. They presume
To say which buds are leaf and which are bloom.
A feather-hammer gives a double knock.
This Eden day is done at two o'clock.
An hour of winter day might seem too short
To make it worth life's while to wake and sport.
“January is a period of quiet and repose. Nature is only sleeping, since its work is done for the present, while we enjoy a cherry fire of logs during the long nights. February’s cold often sinks to a low level in this area staying there for long spells adding a fresh sparkle to the earth’s blanket of snow. Yet before long its winter into spring, especially if we think of the quotation by Coleridge - And Winter, slumbering in the open air, Wears on his smiling face a dream of Spring!” ” Former Garden Curator Martha Crone.