The Wonders of Spring

If you asked me what my favourite season was, I would say, Fall, hands down. cropped-cropped-dsc_0723.jpg No doubt about it.  Until recently that is.  Spring may be using her powers of persuasion against me.  Perhaps it is where we live & the fact that the last two winters have been down right balmy (& not winter-ish at all).  Perhaps it is the fact that spring this year actually feels like summer & I love it.

But most likely, my newfound love of spring comes from the fact that I am seeing spring for the first time, through new eyes.  Not my eyes, of course, but the eyes of my daughters. My twins will be three this June & although this is clearly not their first spring, I feel it’s the first one that really matters.  It’s the first one where they really “get” what spring means.  They understand when I tell them about flowers & the birds returning & why things are getting green.  They have the vocabulary to ask me questions, as my oldest does frequently… “What’s this Mom?”  I love explaining things to them & answering their questions.  I love pointing out the blossoms on the trees, which I have always thought to be gorgeous.

I love pointing out each new bud on the trees, each little plant poking its head out of the ground.  I love how green everything is & how we can find every colour of the rainbow in our yard.  We have started talking about the vegetable garden & all the things we are going to grow this year & how the girls are going to help me.  We even started some seeds the other day.

As a student for so many years, fall was always seemed like the start of a new year for me, much more so than January.  But now… now it’s been 10 years since I was a student & while I still love fall, it doesn’t have the same wonder & promise of new beginnings… but spring, maybe spring does.

Here is a glimpse of what spring looks like at my place… because clearly I take way too many photos!  Happy Spring!

 

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The View From My Window….

When I first started this post I had it titled “Sure Signs That Spring Has Arrived” but now, after having multiple days of 30 degree weather, this title just doesn’t seem appropriate anymore!  I should have called it sure signs summer has arrived when it is only June 1st!  I am not complaining, however, as I love the heat & humidity.  I know not everyone shares my feelings on this but that’s alright…. I guess that is why air conditioning was invented.

Earlier in May we had some new neighbours move in… robin’s are always trying to build nests all over our yard.  Usually Colin pulls them down because the nests are in the worst spots, like behind our porch lights.  This year the robin was crafty & built her nest on our hose reel… right in front of the vent from the dryer (I guess the cool weather early on made her want to find a warm place for the nest).  She had the nest built & eggs laid before we hardly knew it was there!  The hose reel is located right outside our backdoor & for the next few weeks, every time we went out the door, the robin was sitting on her nest looking at us.  Sometimes, she would fly away as we opened the door & usually scare the crap out of us!

DSC_0394DSC_0392DSC_0400DSC_0507DSC_0509DSC_0537-2 Apart from the robins (who have now all flown the nest) I absolutely love our yard this time of year for all the wonderful things that are blooming….

DSC_0398DSC_0442DSC_0446DSC_0456DSC_0533DSC_0467DSC_0471DSC_0472DSC_0486DSC_0483It is amazing how quickly a yard can change… from the dull & dreary browns of winter to the vibrant colours of spring!  Stay tuned for more more views outside my window as spring turns into summer.

Spring Has Sprung… Almost!

The first official day of spring is Tuesday…. but we have been experiencing spring like weather for close to a month now.  Or should I say that we’ve been experiencing spring like weather for most of the winter.  Winter… what is that?  Last year we had a terrible winter… the snow & the cold started in early November & carried on right through till the end of March.  There had not been that much snow in our area for years.

Fast forward a year to this winter… the winter that wasn’t.  I think it might have snowed about twice…. once at the end of January… even then, I bet we only got about 4 inches or so.  There might have been another dusting of snow in there somewhere along the way, but nothing that memorable!  And cold temperatures?  We haven’t had any… not really.  We had maybe a week of below freezing temperatures & that was it.  I am certainly not complaining about this.  I am almost ALWAYS cold so I quite liked the above seasonal temperatures.  You may even remember me posting about hanging laundry out in January!

Last week Honey & I went south for a vacation.  Since it was not overly cold this year I guess you can say we were escaping the craziness of our everyday lives, not the cold of winter.  The day we came home it was somewhere around 18C & Honey was wearing his shorts, like he was still on vacation.  We worked in our yard doing all sorts of spring clean up things… on the 11th of March!  This entire week has been more of the same… temperatures hovering around 20C, bright sun… the smell of spring in the air. If the warm temperatures & sunny days aren’t sure indications of spring, the green in the grass, the buds in the trees & the tulips coming up in the garden certainly are.