Thursday, March 19, 2009

Sure signs of spring


The sights....
The grass is still matted and brown and I would be lying if I said the trees here were already budding because they are not, but I was pleasantly surprised to see a grouping of crocuses in bloom just outside the library this morning. Isla and her friend Finnegan go to storytime at the public library on Thursdays and today we took Finnegan with us, to give his mom a break and his sister a nap. I think I spotted the newly bloomed grouping first, but Finnegan and Isla were a close second, close enough that I wasn't quick enough to keep one of them from picking the biggest, brightest one in the bunch. Inevitably we had to have the talk about why we don't pick the flowers, (so that everyone can enjoy them, right?), so that a second one didn't get picked by the other curious toddler. 

The smells....
Another regular sighting on our daily walks this week has been the sweeper trucks, cleaning the streets of gravel and dust accumulated in the gutters over the winter months.  Polished white industrial trucks with vacuum hoses, sprayers and circular sweepers have been cruising the side streets, sending up wafts of dust and rotten leaves into our nostrils. Delightful!    

The sounds.....
Last week when we returned from our trip north in Canada, there was still snow on the lawn and roof of the house, but as the week progressed and the weather turned warm all that snow has since disappeared. On our daily walks we could hear the dripping and sometimes rushing of water in the eaves troughs of the houses as we strolled past. 

Another sure sound of spring this week has been the cacophony of bird calls just outside our bedroom window that we've been waking up to every morning. Not a sound that I would normally be annoyed by, only when the timing of it happens before my own little birdies begin their morning coos and calls and I am reminded how precious sleep is. 

3 comments:

kate said...

The little picker was Finnegan not sweet little Isla :) You are so sweet to phrase it like that though. and the picture turned out great.
Thanks for the break!!!!
Hope you enjoyed your afternoon walk.

LOVEDMUM said...

Hurray for spring! Lucky you guys. Despite warm temperatures this week we still have a whole lot of snow. Slowly but surely hopefully the glacier will disapear soon.

gladventurer said...

crocus make me think of the big hill atBuffalo Lake thistime of the year.
Happy Spring equinnox!