These north east winds can seem sudden, dramatic, and occasionally destructive.For instance, in 1989 the town of Fraserburgh was badly hit by winds and some 75,000 people in the North East lost electricity.What they both have in common is a celebration of the renewal of life.
The three months which make up this season – March, April and May – take the forms Mairch, Aprile (‘ahp-rile’, rhymed with style) and Mey (rhymed with stey) in Scots.
In the middle of this season falls the major Christian feast of Easter which was grafted onto existing pagan tradition.
In the Old Norse language Vár or Vór was a goddess who was associated with agreements, pledges and oaths and it may be that the goddess represented the ‘promise’ of new life at a time when the natural world renewed itself after winter.
In any case, the forms ware and voar came into Scots from the Old Norse language.
WARE – SPRINGThe season of spring is made up of three months, March, April and May. This takes the form voar in the dialects of Orkney and Shetland.
Ware comes originally from a Common Germanic word which is believed to have taken the form *wēr about two thousand years ago.
Porcelain can informally be referred to as china or fine china in some English-speaking countries.
Properties associated with porcelain include low permeability and elasticity; considerable strength, hardness, toughness, whiteness, translucency and resonance; and a high resistance to chemical attack and thermal shock.
China was the birthplace of porcelain making and proto-porcelain wares exist dating from the Shang Dynasty (1600–1046 BC) while at 618–907 AD it was already exported to the Islamic world, where it was highly prized.
The ceramic material is made by heating materials, generally including kaolin, in a kiln to temperatures between 1,200 and 1,400 °C.