My five grandchildren are out in the sun all year round. Four of them are rowers and their skins are dark and tanned nearly all the year.
At the end of March the bracelets are removed and hung on a tree where the swallows can find them and use to make their nests.
This year the grandchildren are going to hang them on our lemon trees. I haven't seen any swallows yet but soon they'll be swooping and darting round the trees at dusk, diving and skimming along any ponds or resevoirs.
The March sun is considered unhealthy and sitting out in it will bring you colds and aches. Most greeks you will see at this time of the year sitting in the shade out of direct sunlight. It is only tourists and the younger generation 'who know no better' who dare to enjoy the warming rays of the March sun.
15th March -
The Ides of March
'Beware the Ides of March', the soothsayer warned Caesar
44BC Julius Caesar was stabbed to death by Marcus Junius Brutus, Gaius Casius Longinus and Decimus Junius Brutus. In fact he was stabbed 23 times in the back. Indeed, beware the Ides of March!
'et tu Brute?' ('and you Brutus?', Brutus once being his best friend)
as all school children once learnt, were the last words uttered by Caesar
from Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar'
This is also where the phrase/word 'backstabbing' came from