Sumer is icumen in,
Lhude sing cuccu!
Groweþ sed and bloweþ med
And springþ þe wde nu,
I always thought it was written by Chaucer, but apparently it dates from the mid-thirteenth century, over a hundred years before he penned The Canterbury Tales! It translates (roughly but without scanning) as
Summer is a’coming in,
Loudly sing, cuckoo!
The seed is growing
And the meadow is blooming,
And the wood is coming into leaf ,
Our first walk is only a month away, let’s hope the good weather is back by then!
The programme is more thinly populated than of yore, but we didn’t want to push our luck with all the unknowns before us. Join us when you can, and if you have any ideas for events, please shout. firstname.lastname@example.org. Next year is the Society’s 50th anniversary, so hopefully we’ll be able to have a bit of a celebration!