Thursday, 17 April 2008

Signs of Spring

Spring has come to Southern Ontario, at last!
It's been a very long winter.
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Clockwise:
  • White crocus in my neighbour's garden.
  • Bags of leaves ready for Yard Waste Day next week. When we went to Florida last year, there were leaves on the trees, but when we came back, the trees were bare and everything was covered with snow, so fall leaf raking had to wait for the spring.
  • Yellow sunshine.
  • Sedum pushing it's way though the stems of last year.
  • Snowdrops, hundreds of them.
  • The sparrows are moving in, and lining their nests with soft fluffy bunny fur (see previous post). The chicks will be extra warm and comfy this year.
  • Ahhh.... Rhubarb pie anyone?
  • The grass is sprinkled with tiny violets. Weeds, but pretty ones.
  • Centre: A definite sign of Spring, the local annual Variety Show. We've been rehearsing once a week since January, twice a week since the end of March. Dress Rehearsal is on Sunday... are we ready? Stay tuned....

19 comments:

CanadianSwiss said...

We're going through another spring, here. Itrains, the sun shines, then a bit of wet snow, cold wind, sunshine and 18°C again. Whew! Typical European April weather!

Ex-Shammickite said...

Ewww, that sounds cold and nasty. Sunny here, and I hope it stays that way!!
I was just printing off your recipe (green beans etc) I'm off to a Red Hat Ladies Pot Luck supper tonight so I thought I'd try it!
I'm off to the grocery store now, bye!!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Hey! How come you have violets already?! LOL (I did notice violet leaves in my lawn this morning, though!)

Good luck with your show!

Kerri said...

Looks like Spring has Sprung for you! Glad it has warmed up!
Lovely Spring shots!

Beverly said...

I know that you are happy to see those flowers! They are beautiful.

Hilary said...

Great collection of spring warmth there, Ex-S. It's finally warm, sunny and snow-free! Looking forward to hearing about your Variety Show.

daffy said...

Wow! They look fabulous! Good luck to you!
I love snowdrops.... I sometimes wish I could lie on a carpet of snowdrops....but then I'd squish them up good wouldn't I? :o)

Peggy said...

I've just had the first wood tick on the dog!

tut-tut said...

You can send any and all extra rhubarb down my way; it's just that much too warm to grow it here, much to my chagrin!

lettuce said...

lovely lovely mosaic - really evocative. i'm glad you're finally getting some spring

Sheila said...

No fair..!
Your flowers are about a week ahead of ours. Must be because you live in the Tropical part of Ontario..!

Have a great weekend..

CanadianSwiss said...

I'm so happy that you and the ladies liked it.

I love that with simple recipes, you can add and exchange ingredients. Try the beans sauteed in a bit of butter with finely chopped garlic and onion before you put it in the form. But then, I'd recommend you use a bit of a sharper cheese, like an older cheddar instead of the brie. Or how about a bit of parma ham in there? Ahhh. So many ideas!

dabrah said...

Great pictures. I've got rhubarb too! Your garden is really into spring now, isn't it. I'm looking forward to seeing photos of the show.

I'm off now to check out that recipe at canadianswiss.

rosemary said...

I. Am. Jealous. Still at least a foot left...probably no garden this year.

Peter said...

Haven't had rhubarb pie since long... would be nice!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Lovely photos my dear....Spring is my very favorite Season...! ALL the new growth--The Birds doing their thing...Flowers and New Life EVERYWHERE! It's a Beautiful time of renewal and Hope!

dot said...

Lots of nice pictures.

I dream of strawberry rhubarb pie!

Ming the Merciless said...

That is a lot of Spring themes there. I just posted a field of daffodils in Central Park. Spring is slowing arriving in NYC.

di.di said...

good luck with your "Variety Show".. Hope all goes well.