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!

 

Winter Wonderland

One of the things that drew my husband & I to our house, apart from some great features indoors, was the beautiful outdoors.  Our tree lined driveway & yard are two of our favourite things about the house.2016 Winter Yard-0456 The driveway is perhaps my favourite though.  I love to walk down it looking up at the trees anytime of year but especially in the summer & fall when the leaves are full.  The trees are a great marker for people coming to our house & also a great way for our girls to identify that we have arrived home.  They too love to walk down the driveway although I’m not sure they appreciate the trees just yet the way that their parents do.

The rest of the yard is pretty great too, front & back.  This time of year (when we actually have snow – which hasn’t happened much this winter), I love to look out the windows & see the snow sparkling on the ground & on the trees as the sun comes up.2016 Winter Yard-0376 I also love to see the wildlife tracks running through the undisturbed snow.  There is definitely something to be said for living in the country.

This morning I got inspired & pulled out my zoom lens, something I haven’t done in a LONG time.  I was looking out the window while changing one of the girls & noticed a chipmunk, perched on a box near the garage.  He was sitting ever so still, almost like a statue.  I was sure by the time I got my camera he would be gone but he wasn’t. 2016 Winter Yard-0437.jpg Must be my lucky day.  After snapping a few photos of him, I was drawn to the frozen droplets on the tree branches from the storm a few days ago.

Our yard is really great for photos, anytime of year.

The birds have been going crazy today too.  My husband filled the feeders on the weekend, something he hasn’t done for a while, & the birds appear to be very happy with him.  I saw woodpeckers, blue jays, cardinals, doves & a bunch of little birds I can’t identify!  But they were sure having a feast in our yard.  2016 Winter Yard-0518

Since I’ve mostly been writing about feeding my “little birds” the last little while I thought I’d do something different today.  Here’s a few of the shots I snapped in the yard this morning.

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If a Tree Falls in the Forest, Does it Make a Sound?

I’m not sure…. but when one falls in your front yard, my goodness is it loud!!!  Yesterday, we learned first hand just how much noise a tree can make when it falls.

One of the things that Colin & I love about our house is our driveway.  It is actually one of my favourite features of the outside of our house.  It is long & tree lined & well, just lovely.  In the summer there is this lush green canopy overhead, in the fall a golden yellow.

Every time it is windy, however, there are always a number of branches that fall out of the trees.  I hate this since stick picking has somehow become my job (though my hubby would tell you I do a terrible job of it!).  Colin is often worried too that a tree might fall & that it might fall on our house or a vehicle.  My Dad took one tree down last year that needed to go & we’ve talked about having the rest of them checked out but never gotten around to it.  I guess we need a little less talk & a lot more action!

We have had some pretty wild weather recently with all of this heat & humidity creating the perfect atmosphere for storms.  I am a big lover of storms & on a humid night there is nothing I love more than sitting on our porch watching it rain & lightning & listening to it thunder.  Well, Tuesday night I was doing just that.  It was around 6 o’clock & I was waiting for Colin & Cousin Paul to arrive home since they had Wednesday off for the 4th.  The sky was a sinister black & the wind had just started to pick up when they pulled in the driveway.  They jumped out of the truck & came to join me on the porch just as it started to rain.

Very quickly the storm was upon us & we were watching branches fall from the trees while trying to avoid the raindrops that were making their way onto the porch.  The thunder was booming & initially P & I didn’t realize the sound we were hearing was not actually thunder.  There was a loud cracking noise & then, before our eyes, a tree in our front yard was falling.  How often is it that one actually gets to watch a tree come down that is unplanned?  Hubby watched one come down in the backyard last year… but it was dead & we were cutting it down!  Not so with this one…

As the tree fell the wind changed directions, blowing directly towards our house (which almost never happens) & the rain chased us inside.  All of this within five minutes of P & C getting home!  What would I have done if, like most Tuesday nights, I was home by myself?  The tree covered the entire driveway & there was no getting out ( but they had cleared enough by Wednesday morning that I was able to get to work!)  The tree fell so hard there were even dents in the driveway where it landed.  On its way down, the first tree took out a second tree!  Never have I seen anything like this in my life…

Needless to say instead of having a day off on Wednesday my two lumberjacks worked hard to cut up the tree & clear the driveway!

And after they were finished we ended up with a lot more wood to burn….

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.