My daughter has beaten me to it! While I was fiddling around transferring photos from phone to laptop, she published hers here. Well. it isn’t a competition or exercise in “Compare and Contrast” so here are the dainty but tough little chaps that are telling us spring is not too far away! Some in the garden, some in the house … And what exactly is a harbinger? Interesting etymology – but please look at our courageous flowers first! (Click on pic to enlarge and view alone, then the back button to come back to this post.)
The most flamboyant of all, relishing the cold – Cyclamen blooming since early January and still going strong.
harbinger |ˈhärbənjər| noun
a person or thing that announces or signals the approach of another : witch hazels are the harbingers of spring.• a forerunner of something : these works were not yet opera, but they were the most important harbinger of opera.
ORIGIN Middle English : from Old French herbergere, from herbergier ‘provide lodging for,’ from herberge ‘lodging,’ from Old Saxon heriberga ‘shelter for an army, lodging’ (from heri ‘army’ + a Germanic base meaning ‘fortified place’ ), related to harbour . The term originally denoted a person who provided lodging, later one who went ahead to find lodgings for an army or for a nobleman and his retinue, hence, a herald (mid 16th cent.).
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