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  1. #16
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    Hey, here in Belgium it is Spring since quite some time now!! In fact, we didn't have a real Winter! Today it's almost 20°C!!
    Our garden is bursting with uncountable flowers; I will try to attach some pics

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  2. #17
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    Oh, Lut, thank you! THAT is what spring should look like!
    I've Been Frosted

  3. #18
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    Such beautiful flowers- I don't think we'll see that here for at least two months or more. We have quite a few feet of snow still. It rained today and melted about two feet but we still have at least 4 more to go. The forecast is calling for a colder night with another snowfall tonight so who knows when spring will come here. At least we aren't getting any more - 30's or more. We actually had a high of 9 degrees today but the humidity was fierce.
    Asiel


    I've been defrosted---thanks cassiesmom

    I've been Boo'd -

  4. #19
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    Just where do you live, Asiel?

    Pat
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    Death thought about it.
    "Cats," he said eventually. "Cats are nice."

    -- Terry Pratchett, Sourcery

  5. #20
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    Just a wee update - despite my predictions, it was not until today's bright sunshine that the last of the snowbank in from of the apartment went away. But it is now gone. Was out at dad's house today, and did a little cleaning off of the Iris bed, and there are new shoots coming up that will now get sunlight.
    I've Been Frosted

  6. #21
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    We had the warmest winter I have ever seen- hardly any snow at all North of the alps. It is the first March I could go without socks
    Saturday I went for a ten mile hike and saw cherry blossoms, little yellow primula (we call them "keys of heaven"), little wild blue anemones. Everything is green, the trees start budding, bright yellow forsythia is everywhere. The farm kitties were outside in the fields dozing in front of mouse holes.
    I am so sorry for all my American friends- but here it is spectacular.

  7. #22
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    We had snow yesterday, but it had all melted by noon - that counts as a sign of spring, right?

    And driving on the highway tray, my mum-in-law was pointing out there were hop leaves on any of the trees, so I waited and then pointed out a faint haze of red (maple) and chartreuse tinged yellow (the willows) and said - "See, they are budding, anyway!" There were only obvious in spots near the river, but they exist!
    I've Been Frosted

  8. #23
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    Though the spring has been cold
    And a hard freeze heart-breaking,
    Still spring comes.

    Close your eyes tight and listen
    The two-note call of the chickadee
    Alway a minor fourth in sharp relief
    Against the dull grey of cloud
    Calls to the heart
    Buried deep in a winter-weary chest

    Spring-time! Spring-time! it calls,
    Looking for love but I
    Whistle back to it once or twice
    Wrong species, I know
    Far too clunky and earthbound for the tiny flitting one

    Spring-time! it calls,
    And I whistle back just so it knows
    That someone hears,
    And that no matter the cold
    The hard ground and frozen buds
    And I know …

    The chickadee is calling
    Spring-time! Spring-time!

    And though cranky commuters
    Grumbled angrily, scraping ice and snow
    From yesterday’s windshields
    And jammed earbuds in
    With news radio playing,
    Hoping for someone to blame for
    Cold fingers and winter’s return
    But I know ...

    The chickadee is calling
    Spring-time! Spring-time!

    And it will come.
    I've Been Frosted

  9. #24
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    Rain, rain and more rain!
    I've Been Frosted

  10. #25
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    Well, since the West Coast never really had a winter this year. We've had spring like conditions for months now! The only cold spell was the beginning of December.

    However, I am not seeing very many hummingbirds lately. I have refreshed the feeders twice when they were still almost full. Usually I was refilling them once a week because they were empty. Where are all the hummers???
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