Waiting for spring

Waiting for spring
Waiting for spring

On a cold damp day in Borough, the bare trees seem to be questioning the sky: when will spring come and the buds open?

It cannot be soon enough for me but I fear we still have some time to wait.


About SilverTiger

I live in Islington with my partner, "Tigger". I blog about our life and our travels, using my own photos for illustration.
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11 Responses to Waiting for spring

  1. Villager says:

    Please, let it be soon !

  2. cbramhall says:

    I woke up this morning to find the world had changed colour again overnight. At least the sun is getting higher though, so the snow doesn’t last quite as long as it did a month ago.

  3. The Sheriff says:

    Hi.Only just found this blog.Brilliant.Found it from Cabbieblog post.Spain is wet too..honeysuckle is blooming in places though.My old school,Charles Dickens,is/was just around the corner there!Cheers.
    PS.I always knew that area as “The” Borough!

    • SilverTiger says:

      Glad you like it.

      You may be right about the “the”. It probably is “the Borough”, just as where we live is “the Angel”, though both also get called “Borough” and “Angel”.

  4. The Sheriff says:

    Seems about right SilverTiger.Couldn’t say “i’m going down Old Kent Road”without saying “the”.Same goes for “the” Elephant and Castle…amongst others…..Cheers!

    • SilverTiger says:

      English usage of ‘the’ (especially vernacular usage) is quite complex. Places seem to acquire the definite article when they are held in affection or become notorious.

      People talk about ‘The Borough’ but also about ‘Borough Market’ and ‘Borough High Street’, ‘our Borough headquarters’, etc.

      A lot of confusion is caused also by the general use of the word ‘borough’, as in ‘the London Borough of Islington’.

      ‘The Angel’ was obviously so called because it was named after a tavern thereabouts called ‘The Angel’. But to London transport, it is ‘Angel’, pure and simple. People therefore reasonably refer to it as either ‘the Angel’ or simply ‘Angel’.

      • The Sheriff says:

        Hmmm!Interesting.Affection and notorioty cause people to use the definite article…….I think i’ll start refering to London as “The” London.
        Do you think that goes for people too?My wife(the wife)will be interested in knowing that.

        • SilverTiger says:

          You might start a trend.

          I’ve never liked the expression “the wife”, which seems deliberately impersonal and distancing (like “the dog”, perhaps), especially as “my wife” is just as easy to say.

  5. The Sheriff says:

    True…very impersonal to say “the wife”.I always refer to my partner by her first name,Ingelise(Norwegian)or my girlfriend…as we are not married.
    Anyway,back to spring….it still hasn’t sprung here in Spain…though its trying it’s best.

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