Spring’s Retreat

Like most of Ontario, cottage country received a nasty, albeit brief (I hope), reboot of winter over the last few days.  Winter tires were scheduled to come off this past Monday, then Thursday… now next Monday.  Seems winter hasn’t quite finished with us yet.  A couple of early robins arrived a few days ago to a snowy, cold, food-sparse landscape.  I hope they can hang in there a few days longer as there’s a wee bit of spring warmth coming – by mid-April.

The gardens are longing to shed their winter coat and get on with extolling spring’s promise of sunny, smiling daffodils and crocuses.


Backyard vegetation and garden bench covered with new snow.


Alas, this last breath of winter has been breathtakingly beautiful.

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Now go away winter, see you in November!

So Much Snow — The Wild Horses of Alberta Society

Winter is not letting up in wild horse country. Temperatures are consistently cold and the snow is accumulating. This yearling has found some grass under the pine trees and the horses are starting to have to roam quite a bit in order to find sufficient feed. This stallion sought shelter and feed under a mature […]

via So Much Snow — The Wild Horses of Alberta Society

Emerging

As the snow recedes, items left out last fall have begun emerging, reminding me of tasks left unfinished.  I meant to throw ‘ugly bench’ beside the shed, but alas, it was left to collect snow beside the walkway.  The emerging heads look at me incredulously… and they’re rather freakish.

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Ugly Bench – Quarlybirdy

Window on the world

Lucky to have a wonderful view of the wild birds that visit the feeders and hastily strewn peanuts at the side of the house.  Their visits bring joy to each and every day.

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February: winter’s showcase

As someone born in the month of sun and cold, I declare February to be winter’s showcase month!  Yes It’s cold, but the combination of bright skies upon the snow-laden landscape is unmatched.  Soon, spring will blanket the fields with green, and the lakes and rivers will flow again.  But for now, snow cover allows nature to rest, rejuvenate and replenish her strength.

I am grateful for winter.

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Gargoyle Woes

My garden gargoyle Agnes is showing some winter whimsy, with her snow-capped head and shoulders.  I wonder if she’s dreaming of the coming spring, warm sunshine, and daffodils – I know I am!

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