Country diaryThe return of the swifts changes everything: the weather, the mood and the pace of spring. Through slashing lines and screaming curves, swifts rip up a blue sky above church fetes and village fairs where people can't believe their weather luck. These have been the hottest, brightest days all year so far, and the little country festivals that mark the turning season have their origins in ancient rituals.
One of the most symbolic events to have survived the centuries is maypole dancing. At Cound fair, children - including my granddaughter - held coloured ribbons and danced around a pole in complicated skips between each other to accordion accordion, musical instrument consisting of a rectangular bellows expanded and contracted between the hands. Buttons or keys operated by the player open valves, allowing air to enter or to escape. The air sets in motion free reeds, frequently made of metal. tunes. Their weaving dance produced woven ribbon patterns and spider-webs down the pole before reversing them to free the ribbons again. Apart from the traditional symbolism of maypoles and spring fertility rituals, there is something very subtle going on that mirrors other natural events.
Watching the pond, I became aware of small dark insects with a glint of blue iridescence iridescence (ĭr'ədĕs`əns), exhibition of rainbowlike colors on a surface. It usually results from interference when light composed of different wavelengths is reflected from the superficial layers of organic or inorganic substances, as they flew around emerging leaves, landing on them to mate on their tips. These were iris sawflies: only a centimetre long, they lay their eggs on yellow-flag iris leaves that the larvae Larvae, in Roman religion
Larvae: see lemures. will strip by August. But emerging for the first time this year, they danced in the air above the pond, each holding a ribbon of pheromones pheromones, any of a variety of substances, secreted by many animal species, that alter the behavior of individuals of the same species. Sex attractant pheromones, secreted by a male or female to attract the opposite sex, are widespread among insects. , weaving patterns invisible to all but themselves, binding their ephemeral lives to each other and this place. There are lines which join even the anarchic an·ar·chic or an·ar·chi·cal
a. Of, like, or supporting anarchy: anarchic oratory.
b. Likely to produce or result in anarchy.
2. swifts to each other and their places. As the swift community screams through the sky above Cound church tower, mysterious stone gargoyles gargoyles
medieval European church waterspouts; made in form of grotesque creatures. [Architecture: NCE, 1046]
See : Ugliness - full of irreverent mischief themselves - look down on people having fun in the bright May sunshine.