Damp Squib

After a frosty end to 2014, we have had a damp start to 2015. The trees are bare, the skies are grey, even the crows are looking bleak and mid-wintery.

A bit of a damp squib after the New Year fireworks.  Apparently “damp squib” is one of the top ten misquoted sayings in Britain. It is often “mispoken” as “damp squid”. Well, you wouldn’t want your squid to be anything other than damp, that would be cruel. A squib was a small explosive device used in 19th century mining, if it got damp then it would not explode – resulting in disappointment.photo of winter bud of lilac tree

Hopefully, 2015 will turn out not to be a disappointment. The lilac tree is already budding with excitement. See my blog post here for how the lilac tree progressed last year.


2 thoughts on “Damp Squib

  1. Wonderful to see a little “spring” in the midst of winter, in your lilac 🙂 And for years, as a kid, I thought the saying was damp squid! I had no idea there was even a word “squib!”

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