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Smile - AWWW....Havens

Where art thou, Spring?

Posted on 2011.04.16 at 09:44
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Snow was forecast, again, but we didn't believe it, having seen similar forecasts during the last several weeks, one even for a blizzard. Each time we got a piddling dusting of snow, or rain, but never the predicted snow fall.

This morning, however, I woke to this:



Robins, some sparrows and a woodpecker are out there now, trying to find the newly emerged worms and bugs covered by the falling snow, all wondering, "what the heck"?





shirebound at 2011-04-16 15:29 (UTC) (Link)
Holy cow! Your winter just won't leave gracefully this year, will it?
mechtild at 2011-04-16 17:13 (UTC) (Link)
No! And we finally were able to clean up all the debris in the yard from the last snow melt, rake the poor old matted brown grass, get rid of the piles of sand from the snow plows. Shees. Ah, well, this will melt and go away. It must. :)
mariole at 2011-04-16 15:45 (UTC) (Link)
We could use some more moisture in Denver-- send it this way! Today is cool and breezey, sunny and restful. You'll get it soon enough. Cheers!
mechtild at 2011-04-16 17:15 (UTC) (Link)
I thought you had got a ton of snow this winter in CO. Not? Well, by all means, you can have this. Actually, Duluth has not had any big pile of snow this year. Just south of here they've had a pile, and to the west, where the rivers are flooding, but not here. We can use the moisture, to be honest. I just wish it was rain! Whine, whine, whine.
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mechtild at 2011-04-16 17:17 (UTC) (Link)
I just told Mariole that, to be be fair, we could use the moisture. But we'd have preferred spring rain to spring snow. :) If you are experiencing a lot of wind, maybe it's the same system that was here yesterday and the day before - rain/snow predicted, which didn't happen, but tremendous winds. We were lucky not to have trees down. Good luck on improved weather!
elasg at 2011-04-16 16:45 (UTC) (Link)
Well, I guess I can't complain too much about the last 30 days during which, there have only been 3 days of sunshine. It could be worse, it could be snow. :p
mechtild at 2011-04-16 17:18 (UTC) (Link)
That's a depressing entrance into spring. I am sure we've had more sunny days than that, just a lot cooler than yours. :) I'd love to see things begin to green up at last. I want to work in the yard!
jan_u_wine at 2011-04-16 16:56 (UTC) (Link)
ummmmm....sunny and TOO warm in CA. Not a bit of gloom, except for the folks roasting at Coachella (they moved the festival from hellish fall to *moderate* Spring.....Momma Nature is surely up to some tricks, both here and in the Midwest)

Soon cometh True Spring, dear Mechtild, wherein the Winter of your discontent shall be banishéd
mechtild at 2011-04-16 17:20 (UTC) (Link)
I'm looking forward to some real spring, jan-u-wine, you can be sure. Heck, we all thought it had finally arrived. Not. It'll probably be beautiful while I'm away during the beginning of May (going to see my mom again for ten days around Mother's Day, 4/30 - 5/10).

P.S. I don't recognize your icon drawing. Who did it?
jan_u_wine at 2011-04-16 17:47 (UTC) (Link)
perhaps you will return home to beauty, then!

That icon is by Elizabeth Wyeth. I think that we might have discussed her before. This is the only thing of hers that I like (and I"m sorry to say that!)

mechtild at 2011-04-16 18:17 (UTC) (Link)
You're right. Just checked out some of her stuff on Google images. Very Elfin Elves, mostly, not my cup of Tolkien illo. :)

I hope it's nice when I get back, too. Got lots of yard work waiting!
mechtild at 2011-04-16 18:17 (UTC) (Link)
You're right. Just checked out some of her stuff on Google images. Very Elfin Elves, mostly, not my cup of Tolkien illo. :)

I hope it's nice when I get back, too. Got lots of yard work waiting!
primula_baggins at 2011-04-16 17:57 (UTC) (Link)
Oh wow! I can imagine that must be frustrating. But you live in a gorgeous neighborhood and the snow is beautiful. (Even though I know it has lost all beauty for you at this point.) lol.

Thanks for sharing these photos, and I am sending warm weather your way!
mechtild at 2011-04-16 18:21 (UTC) (Link)
It's a pretty block, yes, especially the other side of the street. Our house (and the ones on either side) is a more boring post-war 40's ranch house -- but with a nice yard. Directly across the street are two-story houses from the 30's, and very charming. :) And, yes, however pretty snow is, we are tired of it.
Lavender Took
lavendertook at 2011-04-16 18:36 (UTC) (Link)

*hugs you, brings you a fleecy blankey, piles the cats on you, hands you tea, and wishes you much fortitude*

May it melt quickly!
mechtild at 2011-04-16 18:54 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Lavender. My husband says the temperature tomorrow is supposed to reach the forties, so perhaps it will be all gone by Monday. Yeah! The birds will be so happy. Me, too. :)

And I am going to have tea and cats and blankets shortly.
gilli_ann at 2011-04-16 20:19 (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure it'll pass very soon! It simply has too - it's *spring*!

I was out on the balcony putting pancies and daisies into a number of pots. And we've had the longest winter in forever - it's so delightful finally being rid of the frost! So I do want the same for you.

I hope you're doing well, Mechtild. (This is Maeg writing btw - this is the LJ I use pretty exclusively now - I've hopped fandom yet again.)
mechtild at 2011-04-16 21:00 (UTC) (Link)
Hi, Maeglian! Thanks for telling me who you were. I was wondering, "who is Gilli Ann?" I am glad you're out there, still having fun on LJ. :)

It actually *was* beginning to feel springish here. We had days of 50-something (Farenheit) a week ago. The snow had all melted, people were raking the road sand and debris out of their yards, home stores were starting to brush up the gardening departments. The tops of the dutch iris have emerged and I've seen a few crocus. No one is putting anything in pots, of course. The local advice is always, "don't plant anything tender until after Mother's Day" (always the second Sunday in May here). This snow is the last gasp of winter, I hope. Already the snow out there is melting. The sun's trying to come out but it's risen to 42. Wherever the snow has melted, the grass is full of birds looking for bugs and worms. I put out some seed on the shoveled sidewalk when it was covered, earlier, but I don't think seed-eating birds are back from migration yet (which makes sense). I had almost no birds dining off the seeds, although they were pecking away all over the yard. Squirrels were happy to eat it, however. :)
not_alone at 2011-04-16 20:46 (UTC) (Link)
Good lord! It seems so strange to see that when we've just been enjoying a lovely warm Spring day here - not that I'm trying to rub it in or anything!!
mechtild at 2011-04-16 21:01 (UTC) (Link)
Our spring is coming, I'm sure of it. I'm happy to hear yours is waxing nicely, Paulie. :)
maewyn_2 at 2011-04-17 08:34 (UTC) (Link)
It looks beautiful!

Your spring is about as wintry as our autumn is summery..

Although we've had cooler weather lately, yesterday was 35.7C (96F). Today's a lot cooler at 27C.
mechtild at 2011-04-17 17:39 (UTC) (Link)
It may look beautiful but -- MEH. :)
wendylady1 at 2011-04-17 15:30 (UTC) (Link)
Oh Gawd - what a right royal pain in the whatsit !!

I thought that the age of snow must be well past by now, although we have been known to have snow in June before now in Britain, believe it or not...

Here's a tiny touch of Spring to cheer you up - a sunny path through the blossoming trees at RHS Wisley, taken back in March...

and a beautiful magnolia bud...

I really hope you see some sunshine soon...
mechtild at 2011-04-17 17:41 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, those photos, well, the place photographed, really, is a such a treat. Thank you!

Actually, Wendy, it is sunny today - yeah! But cold. Not so cold the snow hasn't mostly melted (upper thirties F), but it feels cold to be out in it. Brrr! Can't wait for real spring.

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