FINALLY! We have an emerging spring! The ducks are able to make it over the snow to the big pond. The phoebes have returned with their lovely buzzy name calling. I saw a Gyrfalcon yesterday, a fairly rare bird in these parts. Runa found a Long-Tailed Weasel swimming in our pond. After she pestered it for 20 minutes it finally escaped the pond and I hope decides this is not the place to raise a family! It is so exciting to be moving more freely about, outside. I am trying to spend as much time in the sun as I can....before the bugs arrive. Some folks call this mud season, and yes, there is plenty of delightful mud, but I call it pre-bug season!
This is the pond yesterday...
...and today...pretty sure ice will be out by tomorrow!
though we still have ice on the morning puddles...
1st time in 2015 the laundry is outside!
Vern & Runa enjoying spring :)
If ever there were a spring day so perfect,
so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze
that it made you want to throw
open all the windows in the house
and unlatch the door to the canary's cage,
indeed, rip the little door from its jamb,
a day when the cool brick paths
and the garden bursting with peonies
seemed so etched in sunlight
that you felt like taking
a hammer to the glass paperweight
on the living room end table,
releasing the inhabitants
from their snow-covered cottage
so they could walk out,
holding hands and squinting
into this larger dome of blue and white,
well, today is just that kind of day.