Blossom hangs so heavy on the Blackthorn this Spring that it might fool some to think snow has fallen.
Blackthorn is a ubiquitous small tree, common to scrubland and hedge-rows. It has long tough sharp thorns and black bark. It is used for making walking sticks and the berry, known as Sloe and the main ingredient of Sloe Gin.
There is an old saying, ‘Nere shed a clout ’til may is out.’ Meaning: Never discard your clout, a rough woollen garment, until the may is in bloom. So you have permission to strip off if you are so inclined.
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