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BS: Spring is here

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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 23 May 17 - 03:54 PM

Everything everywhere is green. Seemingly.

Only six weeks ago the trees were bare.

It's overwhelming in full sunshine.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Senoufou
Date: 23 May 17 - 03:55 AM

I've often had the same thought! We like leaning against the bridge parapet and you can see it all from up there. It's very funny.

The swans really are enormous when up close and personal. When you're seated at the picnic table, their heads are level with your eyes. And they have a glassy stare, right in your face, most intimidating.

They also glide up to all the holiday cabin-cruiser boats moored along the river, begging for food. I've even seen them poke their long necks through open windows of the cabins, cheeky things. You can hear the people inside crying out in surprise.

I absolutely love Wroxham. It's about thirty minutes from our village by car, but we go there often.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 22 May 17 - 06:13 PM

That tourist scene sounds as though you could charge admission just to watch.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Senoufou
Date: 22 May 17 - 03:39 AM

Actually it's quite funny to watch at Wroxham. There are those wooden picnic tables arranged down by the river and the Broad. Unsuspecting tourists from 'oop North' sit there munching on their takeaway food, and suddenly a big swan's head on a huge long neck pops up right beside them, followed by another and another, until they're surrounded by them. They stretch out and help themselves to the food on the table, while the tourists sit frozen in terror!

Meanwhile, under the table are various ducks and Canada geese etc.,idly trying to chew their trousers and shoes, while overhead, dozens of seagulls drop large dollops of wet poo.

It's a laugh a minute down there, as other tourists have rented a boat for an hour, and from the same spot one can watch queues of them heading under the low bridge, where the archway is very narrow. They either bump their heads or crunch the boat. Every few minutes there's a cry of "Ouch!" or "Oh no!"


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Senoufou
Date: 21 May 17 - 05:39 PM

Yes, we have ducks and geese of many kinds, and they all seem to get on well together on the river and the string of lakes keberoxu.

At Wroxham Broad, there are absolutely masses of all types of water fowl, scrounging bread and chips etc off the tourists!


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 21 May 17 - 04:28 PM

About the Mad Swans, Eliza:

does your village also have ducks and geese?
And how do they get on with the swans?


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Senoufou
Date: 21 May 17 - 04:11 AM

The Mad Swans are at it one again, dragging themselves and their seven (this year) cygnets all the way to the lake every day and all the way back again. But - some good news! The powers-that-be have erected two big triangular signs at each entrance to the village, with a lovely silhouette of the swans/cygnets, warning drivers to slow down.

It remains to be seen if the blessed drivers will do so. We've already put up another Slow Down sign warning of children and horse riders, but the lorry drivers take no notice whatsoever and hurtle through the village like bats out of hell. I pray it will never happen, but we're all terrified of finding squashed swans, children or horses on the road one of these days. Why do people whizz about like this so irresponsibly?


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 20 May 17 - 02:15 PM

We have croaking beasties in the evening as well. Loud!


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: leeneia
Date: 19 May 17 - 07:39 PM

Thank you for your poem in the Original Post, Donuel. I like it.

Weather here in the heartland showed that spring is not always gentle. We were under a tornado watch for several hours yesterday, but no tornado appeared. Oklahoma saw 5 tornadoes yesterday, but little property damages and no injuries. The tornadoes were crossing empty land, mostly.

We did get a lot of rain. There were flash floods and leaky roofs.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel
Date: 19 May 17 - 07:17 AM

Spooky bright green light until 8:20 last night/ A solid Layer of clouds over 30,000 ft reflected light long after sunset. When night finally came it was heat lightning all night long. The diaspora of toads migrating last night was a noisy affair.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 18 May 17 - 08:30 PM

Still spring, regardless.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 16 May 17 - 12:13 PM

Mowing the grass lawns!

All that rain has had the grass growing like mad.
Today the lawnmowers are out and growling away.

The smell of freshly cut grass is a fond childhood memory.
And one that I missed during my adult years
in the
(north of the border) state of New Mexico.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Joe_F
Date: 15 May 17 - 06:10 PM

Another (later) spring ritual for me is switching from cooked vegetables to salad at dinner. That doesn't have a formal algorithm, but it looks like happening the day after tomorrow, when it seems we shall be thru with bloody highs in the bloody 50s (F).


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 15 May 17 - 12:29 PM

This is one of my happy springtime memories:

growing up in a small town, where the countryside was given over to quarries (limestone), farms, and the last remains of the forest before the Anglos showed up.

Sunday driving, there was a country route that took your car past a farm during lambing season. Now, this sounds like a creepy thing to do, and if is, then we were a carload of creeps:

We would drive down the country road that went by the pasture. Pull off the road onto the shoulder, turn the engine off, and roll down the windows. Stay in the car and just listen.

That way we could hear the lambs and the grown sheep talking to each other, and watch the lambs gamboling on the other side of the fence. When we were ready, we rolled up the windows, turned on the ignition, and headed for home.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 14 May 17 - 01:12 PM

I like Joe F's algorithm.

Our USA Mother's Day this year is as usual in May, but it feels more like a rainy April day.

The forecast, however, says that during the coming weekdays, we are due for very warm weather.

I couldn't wait, and got my hair trimmed anyway.
And now I don't think they trimmed enough. But I guess that's better than too much. If they don't trim enough, you can always ask to have more taken off.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 25 Apr 17 - 05:10 PM

EARTHWORMS! earthworms!
The rain is falling, the sidewalks are wet and warm,
and the earthworms are out on the concrete!

I can't find the silly poem I read in my childhood.
The one that started,
Rain, Wind and Rain!

In which the young (?) earthworms wanted to get above ground
and wiggle around in the rain,
and the old earthworms warned them about getting squashed.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 24 Apr 17 - 03:56 PM

Spring is here,
and now, so are the dandelions and the azaleas.
The magnolia buds are swelling as well.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 24 Apr 17 - 01:08 PM

And now we are due for nearly one solid week of rain,
according to the forecast.
Sounds like spring to me.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 23 Apr 17 - 05:00 PM

Darned if it isn't summer weather again....knock it off, upstairs!


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 22 Apr 17 - 05:20 PM

And BOOM! Stuff on the branches of the trees! Already the sightlines are different, no more bare trees for MONTHS AND MONTHS.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 21 Apr 17 - 03:12 PM

Spring is here, and so is the rain. Good thing too.
After a harsh, icy winter, all the growing things are making up for lost time.
The bare trees finally have buds on the branches.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 19 Apr 17 - 06:34 PM

The trees are still trying to catch up. The winter got icy and bitter late in its time, and the trees are slow to bud or leaf.

However the forsythia are yellow, loud, and proud.

And the surviving peepers are just plain loud.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 17 Apr 17 - 03:36 PM

Laughing along with you, gnu! Don't mind if it snows, when the temperature is borderline freezing anyhow. Just as long as we don't get ICE.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: gnu
Date: 17 Apr 17 - 03:29 PM

I was looking out my kitchen window just now.

At this time of year, when it snows, it's really pretty... because the little bastards melt and die when they hit the ground.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 17 Apr 17 - 11:29 AM

You know Spring has arrived in Boston when they run the Patriot's Day Marathon.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 16 Apr 17 - 01:03 PM

We've had a quarter of an inch of rain in April so far and there's none forecast. I started keeping rainfall records for my garden 24 years ago. The driest month so far has been August 1995 with just under half an inch. Competition on!


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 16 Apr 17 - 11:39 AM

Spring is SUPPOSED to be here on Easter Sunday.

Feels more like...summer. But it's supposed to cool down.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 12 Apr 17 - 01:44 PM

And with the spring comes the rain. That's better. Rain is cool (in this temperate zone it is, at any rate).


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 11 Apr 17 - 07:47 PM

Sounds like Tom Lehrer, "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park" !

I'm with gnu, who is growsing on another BS thread that he wants spring back and wants summer to go away. Me too.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: ced2
Date: 11 Apr 17 - 11:50 AM

Yippee,
The peanuts have been well soaked in prussic acid and loaded into the pigeon feeder, the squirrel bait loaded into the attractive (to squirrels that is) trap and the laboratory prepared. Off to the park we go!!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Joe_F
Date: 10 Apr 17 - 06:27 PM

The beginning of spring, for me, for tonsorial purposes, is determined by the following algorithm: When, for two successive days, the predicted *and achieved* high is at least 70 degrees F, it is time to get a haircut. That is almost certain to happen tomorrow. Fuzz day!


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: ranger1
Date: 09 Apr 17 - 10:51 PM

Spring is finally here on the coast of Maine. I have woodcocks in the field behind the cottage, the osprey has returned to Googins Island at the park, and today, I found a hazelnut starting to flower. The red maples have been in bloom for a bit, but they're tougher than the rest. And there's a pair of redwing blackbirds singing in the swampy spot in the neighbor's field.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel
Date: 09 Apr 17 - 08:34 PM

Last week the most delicate yellow fairy green buds burst into infant leaves. Now every day looks more lush than the last.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 09 Apr 17 - 01:55 PM

The trees here are entirely bare. Not a bud, not a leaf.
Not yet, anyway. Now that it is well above freezing,
the trees will spring to visible life in no time.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 08 Apr 17 - 06:57 PM

The moths ought to be back any time now, battering against windows and doors.

It's nice to be in spring. However I have not missed the moths. Not the tiniest bit.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Joe_F
Date: 02 Apr 17 - 06:12 PM

The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is on an April day
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You're one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
A cloud comes over the sunlit arch,
A wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you're two months back in the middle of March.

-- Robert Frost, "Two Tramps in Mud Time"


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 02 Apr 17 - 01:27 PM

Hey, THERE it is. About time Spring showed up. It's safe for the peeper frogs to come back out. If any survived to hatch, that is.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 01 Apr 17 - 05:20 PM

spring is around here somewhere....must rummage around for it...


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 29 Mar 17 - 12:28 PM

...and now that the snow on the grass is almost gone, here is another snowstorm forecast for the first weekend of April. April Fool indeed.
As a Swiss-Germanspeaking Dominican nun wrote to me:

Im April
thut das Wetter
was es will.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 22 Mar 17 - 03:13 PM

Mad Swans! Good grief! I've only ever observed swans on the water from a distance.

What I hear about swans on this side of the ocean, is how intolerant they are towards geese. Now, Mad Geese, those I'm used to. They are a suburban annoyance, swaggering around parking lots and leaving "greetings" on sidewalks.

Though Spring be here officially, today Spring is bundled up against a thoroughly wintry wind. New England reminds me of the Four Corners on such days: sun, no clouds, bone dry, and that wind blowing. We still have snow on the grass as well.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: EBarnacle
Date: 22 Mar 17 - 12:29 AM

100. Beautiful, spring day today, cold tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel
Date: 21 Mar 17 - 04:34 PM

A minute ago I could not recall the name spring peepers.
I hate when that happens.

on another note I am thinking Jupiter has an oblong liquid hydrogen metal core that creates internal gravitational turbulence http://www.space.com/34457-jupiter-stripes-go-deep-juno-probe-reveals.html


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Janie
Date: 21 Mar 17 - 12:59 PM

Not to worry about the frogs, Donuel. They just go back into hybernation.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel
Date: 21 Mar 17 - 09:28 AM

It is a silent Spring here. All the hatched singing/chirping frogs were all killed off due to the mild February followed by a hard freeze.
Perhaps they may return with time.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 20 Mar 17 - 05:35 PM

T. S. Eliot wrote that April is the cruelest month.

Judging from the forecast, though, cruel weather could not wait for April.
A day or two, including today, will be well above freezing, with sunny skies, and much melting.
Then, later this week, temperatures will plunge: it will be at or sub-freezing DAY AND NIGHT with a bitter winter wind adding that wind-chill factor. That for several days straight.
Then the temperature wobbles upward somewhat for the weekend maybe.

Not sure how March is going to "go out" but right now the extremes are being worked in a pendulum swing.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Janie
Date: 20 Mar 17 - 11:36 AM

After a ridiculously mild winter that was like a very long, early spring, March has thus far been very wintery. Fooled plants that respond more to temps than to day length are thoroughly ruined for this year.

The birds don't care though - Rampant courting everywhere I look. And mosquitos - did I mention mosquitos?

Must be Spring!


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Senoufou
Date: 20 Mar 17 - 09:34 AM

Or Michael Winner.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 20 Mar 17 - 08:36 AM

That could have been Cameron's fault with his "Calm down, dear!"


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Senoufou
Date: 20 Mar 17 - 07:41 AM

Ah Steve, here in Norfolk the word is used instead of 'delightful' or even just 'nice'. One could say, "I met that darling old bwoy in the Pussed Orfice this mornin'." Or, "That darling little owd bairby hev grown since oi larst saw 'im!"

However, I hope the checkout lady was being totally sincere :)

By the way, my rather more savvy friend has informed me that one shouldn't say 'dear' any more, as it's patronising. I often say, "Thank you dear" in shops etc. But apparently it's now the height of dreadful, so I suppose I must stop.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Senoufou
Date: 20 Mar 17 - 07:31 AM

I worry about the bees and also the butterflies; it's far too cold and wet for them to find anything to eat in the way of nectar or pollen.

Those great tits are a blasted scourge (I know I'm in the RSPB but really!) on and on and on and on.... and we have a rather raucous blackbird who sits on our roof warbling (we use the term loosely) at dawn. More like a corncrake. Perhaps he has a sore throat. Our neighbours' one has a lovely fluid song.

Soon I suppose the Mad Swans will start walking down our village street right in the middle of the road with their poor cygnets struggling along behind exhausted. Why oh why do they do this every year? I've been in tears trying to slow down huge lorries in the hope of preventing a horrific squashing.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 20 Mar 17 - 07:29 AM

"Darling lambs"

I looked up the interpretation of Sonnet 18 the other day, the one in which Shakespeare refers to the darling buds of May. Interestingly, the word "darling" probably refers to the changing of the flower buds from green to coloured as they open. Despite the affectionate context in which we use the word today, when applied to people it may originally have meant a pubescent girl blooming into young womanhood. I like that. I'll remember that the next time the checkout girl at the supermarket calls me "darling!"


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 20 Mar 17 - 07:01 AM

Heard a chiffchaff yesterday but I think it was an overwintering one (quite a new phenomenon), not a migrant as they don't usually arrive until well into April. The great tits are going nuts. We've had hardly any sun for over a week. Damp and rotten and it's getting colder. There are bumble bees around and the scurvy grass is out.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: gnu
Date: 20 Mar 17 - 06:16 AM

Eight more minutes!


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Senoufou
Date: 20 Mar 17 - 05:03 AM

You're right Steve, nothing here in UK that bites one will do much harm to health (except perhaps an adder!) In W Africa, I've been bitten to death by mosquitoes, in spite of Deet and anything else I could get my hands on. I was told they particularly love white skin, although scientific experiments have shown they're actually drawn to black surfaces, and respond to carbon dioxide exhaled by warm-blooded mammals. Thank the Lord I took Malarone (anti-malarials) unlike some stupid idiots who don't bother, and risk their lives out in the Tropics.
My feet are badly scarred from numerous African mozzy bites. I always wear long skirts out there, but one's feet are exposed in sandals and they have a feast, especially in the evenings.

Speaking of adders, we have quite a few of those in Norfolk, in heathland habitats, and at this time of year they lie rather comatose on paths through the bracken. People tread on them without noticing their presence. But they aren't deadly, and very few bites are reported. No deaths for twenty years. I have no fear of snakes, quite like them actually.


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From: Amos
Date: 19 Mar 17 - 11:07 PM

Our blue and white phlox are burgeoning. It is something. The redbud tree was blooming but went sullen when the freeze hit; I expect it will come out of it. The rolling hills of North Carolina are just raring to bust out with green and color, given half a chance.


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From: Elmore
Date: 19 Mar 17 - 08:35 PM

Here in the mountains of North Georgia the first couple of weeks in March were colder than the rest of winter. Things are improving though.


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From: Senoufou
Date: 19 Mar 17 - 04:55 PM

Oilseed rape fields are just beginning to come into flower here in Norfolk. The pollen absolutely slays my poor husband, and his eyes and nose are streaming already. It looks as if all the farmers round about have chose rape this year for their main crop. Oh Lord!

Talking of clegs, Norfolk has a rather unusual type that is browner than the normal ones, and their bites make huge lumps the size of ping pong balls come up on my legs. They weep for days, itch like mad and go crusty. I avoid visiting water gardens and anywhere marshy. A colleague years ago was very badly bitten all over her legs, and she was wearing stout denim jeans. It didn't stop the little monsters from getting through the thick material. She had to go to the doctor, as the bites all went septic.
I saw two red admiral butterflies this morning on my tubs of hyacinths. And the field up the road has some darling little lambs.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 19 Mar 17 - 04:05 PM

First day of spring shortly. Looking back at this thread is nostalgic in more ways than one. It was just before GUESTs were banned in the BS threads.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 20 Apr 16 - 09:10 PM

I didn't, though Will's suggestion was valid. My being unwell the next day could well have been a case of post hoc ergo propter hoc, though, if it was, it was an odd coincidence. The weather was dry and windy today with low humidity so I braved the outside world with no deet protection. I did get two bites close to sunset which I think were by mozzies. On the whole you're never going to catch anything to worry about from insects in the UK. We went to Italy twice in 2013, almost to the same area (Amalfi coast and Bay of Naples),just three weeks apart, and I got no bites in September but was horribly afflicted three weeks later. I'm pretty sure it was mozzies. I still have a huge scar on one leg. Oddly, I can be bitten to pieces by horseflies in summer with no ill effects.


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From: keberoxu
Date: 20 Apr 16 - 06:49 PM

Steve, did you ever find out what bit you in March, and required you to get extra sleep? And is the critter still out there biting?


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From: Steve Shaw
Date: 20 Apr 16 - 06:23 PM

It's traditional to make dandelion wine on St George's Day, April 23, but I've always found that dandelion flowers are far more abundant a week or two later. Remove the hollow stalks but don't bother taking off the green bracts under the yellow bits. Dandelion wine is one of the best home wines, along with rose hip.


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From: Joe_F
Date: 20 Apr 16 - 06:00 PM

Yes, dandelions! I just picked three of them & put them in my window.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 20 Apr 16 - 01:36 PM

DANDELIONS!!


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From: Steve Shaw
Date: 20 Apr 16 - 07:08 AM

If I go outside for five minutes with any bit of me unprotected, I get bitten to pieces by mozzies or their detestable allies. For some reason it's very bad this year. I've tried everything but only 50% deet works for me. Those so-called non-drowsy antihistamine tablets work well but leave me in zombie mode. I'd much rather have the summer cleggies. They drain me of my lifeblood but their bites don't make me itch, oddly.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Janie
Date: 19 Apr 16 - 10:54 PM

Redbuds setting their edible pods. Grab 'em quick while small or they will be too tough. Later azaleas in full bloom, and dogwoods just starting to fade. Fringe trees and lilacs starting to offer up their heady scents on the breeze. Birds courting and nesting all over the place. Roadside and garden spring flowers profuse and lovely. Roses will be blooming soon.

Andlotsandlotsoftreepollenpollen. Did I mention tree pollen?

Allergies the worst they have been in several years. I rarely use over-the-counter stuff - usually just tough it out. But this year better living through chemistry is probably keeping me out of the hospital and off of antibiotics. This year, the generic equivalents of Zyrtec and Mucinex DM are my friends.

Prefer the pollen to all the April Snow in the Rockies and the flooding in Houston. Guess it always pays to count blessings, eh?


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From: Steve Shaw
Date: 19 Apr 16 - 08:49 PM

Wheatears are back but not in numbers. Chiffchaffs and sand martins. No sedge warblers as yet, the tone-deaf of the bird world. Confounded bloody blue tit going like the clappers outside the window way too early this morning, started up at sparrow's-fart, as we say. grr. Horrid Spanish bluebells everywhere.


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From: keberoxu
Date: 19 Apr 16 - 02:43 PM

Still waiting for the trees to bud. Stringsinger, the birdies are about. Geese flying in formation. And at dawn, the songbirds sound different. I never did study songbird calls, but sounds like some of the seasonal birds are back. And then there are the nonbird calls -- those peeping frogs have been going gangbusters in the marshlands.


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From: Steve Shaw
Date: 16 Apr 16 - 02:48 PM

Satin flowers peeping from the hedge banks like little stars as you swoosh by in your car. Two weeks to the annual bluebell walk. Real bluebells, not those Spanish interlopers.


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From: keberoxu
Date: 16 Apr 16 - 01:44 PM

Warm weather for the Patriot's Day weekend and marathon, even warmer than seasonal by the day of the race. The poor runners, in truth, will find it positively hot in the sunshine.

The trees will go for it now. I just looked at the flowering trees in the public library parking lot, and their buds are ready to POP. No turning back now.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 15 Apr 16 - 03:15 PM

You watch the birdies. I'm watching the trees.

Bare trees, they are. For the first time, buds are visibly swelling. The trees are still behaving like, Mother, may I? Really? You sure about that?

The tulips, I will allow, have got their green leaves pushed out and flopping over in the wind.

And that clear blue sky overhead. Maybe, just maybe, there will be no more Ess-word for a while.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Stringsinger
Date: 12 Apr 16 - 01:27 PM

Spring has sprung, the pollen has ris,
Wonder where the birdies is?


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 12 Apr 16 - 11:49 AM

No rainbows today, only rain. The wind has quieted down at least, so the weather isn't totally changing every thirty minutes, like last week.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 08 Apr 16 - 08:53 PM

The sun's always "at an angle" unless you live somewhere between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn where the sun will be overhead on just one or two days of the year. At present, the sun will be overhead a few degrees north of the equator, in which case your trees would be in the condition you describe only if you lived many thousands of feet up a mountain, somewhere at the bottom end of Central America or thereabouts. Alternatively, you could be looking in the wrong direction for your rainbows.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 08 Apr 16 - 08:36 PM

A possibility of snow tomorrow. Noooo! However, it may pass south of me. If you are south of me, I hope it passes south of you, too! (I figure "south of me" covers a lot of territory--say, all the way down to the equator. Although I may make an exception for those states to which some RIers have fled to avoid snow.)


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From: keberoxu
Date: 08 Apr 16 - 02:27 PM

Blue sky AND black clouds at the same time.
Direct sunshine AND pouring rain at the same time.
I looked for a rainbow. But the sun seemed to be straight overhead and rainbows are hard to see when the sun is not at an angle.
Heck of a wind blowing as well.

The trees don't quite know when to do what they know how to do. They're sort of standing around, bare, and expectant....like "Mother, may I?"


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 07 Apr 16 - 01:12 PM

Spring is around here somewhere. Rain instead of the snow that fell a few days ago, and the snow is melting. The nights have been very cold though for April.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 04 Apr 16 - 10:09 PM

Spring is here? Where? I thought I'd found it, but it fled.

Ouch, Joe F.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Joe_F
Date: 04 Apr 16 - 09:35 PM

Made it to the supermarket & back; fell only once. Could be worse.


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From: keberoxu
Date: 04 Apr 16 - 03:19 PM

Snow today, mud tomorrow?


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From: keberoxu
Date: 01 Apr 16 - 04:20 PM

Weekend forecast still going on about snow. Enough already.


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From: gnu
Date: 01 Apr 16 - 06:54 AM

16C today!


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From: Rapparee
Date: 31 Mar 16 - 07:51 PM

We have daffodils flowering. And yes indeed, Spring is here! This morning I saw a robin frozen to the ground.


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From: Steve Shaw
Date: 31 Mar 16 - 06:26 PM

Mrs Steve and I went to the RHS garden at Rosemoor, Torrington, Devon, this afternoon. Blue sky and mild weather made for a great day out. They have some magnificent trees there, the best ones being Himalayan birch with its paper white bark, English oak and tulip tree. We were a bit early for the magnolias and camellias. They have great swathes of narcissi growing in grass. My favourites are Narcissus bulbocodium, the hoop-petticoat (which we saw growing wild in the Picos de Europa in Spain years ago) and N. cyclamineus, cyclamen-flowered daffodil. There's a beautiful little lake there with a backdrop that changes dramatically through the seasons. So much promise.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Joe_F
Date: 31 Mar 16 - 05:25 PM

At any rate, spring is here, even in London N.1, and they can't stop you enjoying it. This is a satisfying reflection. How many a time have I stood watching the toads mating, or a pair of hares having a boxing match in the young corn, and thought of all the important persons who would stop me enjoying this if they could. But luckily they can't. So long as you are not actually ill, hungry, frightened or immured in a prison or a holiday camp, spring is still spring. The atom bombs are piling up in the factories, the police are prowling through the cities, the lies are streaming from the loudspeakers, but the earth is still going round the sun, and neither the dictators nor the bureaucrats, deeply as they disapprove of the process, are able to prevent it.
-- George Orwell, "Some Thoughts on the Common Toad" (April 1946)


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Llanfair
Date: 31 Mar 16 - 01:30 PM

Frost this morning in Wales, warm and sunny all day, the weeping willow is a haze of light green, well grown lambs in the valley fields, younger ones up here in the hills.
Wild garlic, mint, rhubarb, lemon balm and quince all early and growing well. Fruit trees showing green buds, as is the giant sycamore.
Hopefully now the solar panels can start earning their keep.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Ed T
Date: 31 Mar 16 - 09:16 AM

End of winter 


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From: Janie
Date: 30 Mar 16 - 10:16 PM

Confess I can not abide more than the slightest hint of the scent of hyacinths. When my sister died many years ago, in the midst of winter, some one sent a lovely planter of forced hyacinths that flooded the house with their aroma for days. They are quite overpowering indoors. Carries me back to too much sadness.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Rapparee
Date: 30 Mar 16 - 08:19 PM

Snow on the ground yesterday morning and this morning, but it melted off without problem both times. Now the weather is supposed to clear up and the first sign of Spring will be Friday or Saturday: the yard gets cleaned up from it winter debris.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 30 Mar 16 - 05:43 PM

Forecast warms of a storm system which will bring high winds, rain, and thunder. So much for going out like a lamb.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel
Date: 30 Mar 16 - 10:02 AM

Sex everywhere you look
Strewn on the ground and
covering windshields
Spring is here
and its messy.

The forest is now opaque with buds and leaves of fairy green


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: gnu
Date: 29 Mar 16 - 04:00 PM

Nasty March squalls today. Got Mum about 300' from the house in the "Iron Overcoat"* and she said, "I don't want to go." I turned the car around and took her home. Sigh.

* CW Gary Owens short story 1987


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 29 Mar 16 - 10:05 AM

It snowed here in Yorkshire today! But only for a few minutes. Tail end of winter storm Katie I suspect. Lovely outside now.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Rapparee
Date: 29 Mar 16 - 09:01 AM

It didn't snow last night, so maybe it is.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 28 Mar 16 - 02:32 PM

....nothing quite like it for cool-ing the blood....


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 27 Mar 16 - 05:56 PM

I had a pot of hyacinths in the house. I swooned every time I went into the room, so moved it into the porch. Then I swooned every time I came home, so I moved it outside. Walking through one of those department stores where the ladies' perfumery department occupies the whole of the shop just inside the entrance has the same effect on me. I have to hold my breath and proceed with great speed to get through it. I don't want to die.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel
Date: 27 Mar 16 - 05:49 PM

I have 60 hyacinths by the front door.

You can cut the aroma with a knife.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: gnu
Date: 27 Mar 16 - 05:35 AM

GLORIOUS weather in SE New Brunswick, Canada. In like a lamb, out like a lamb this year. I am LOVIN IT! I hope we have a long spring and a moderate summer like we had last year. Of course, with the snow cover we have (WAY down from last year), well, we shall see.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 26 Mar 16 - 05:27 PM

Ah, that one. The one which, when consumed by dairy cattle, makes milk and cheese taste garlicky! We have a lot of three-cornered garlic in Cornwall, Allium triquetrum, which some people use in cookery. The nicest one, very abundant in these parts, is Allium ursinum, which we call ramsons or just wild garlic. Adds a nice mild garlicky touch to any dish you like.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Janie
Date: 26 Mar 16 - 12:54 AM

Fossil, always enjoy posts regarding not only the season, but also about the seasonal flora and fauna south of the equator, around the globe, and especially that part of the globe that occupies two hemispheres different from the two my body happens to reside within.

Steve Shaw - Allium vineale is the species of field/wild garlic to which I refer. Occasionally will run across wild onion (Allium canadense) on walks, but field garlic is by far the predominate species here, and judging by taste and smell, the only winter/early spring wild allium growing in my garden beds or yard.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,#
Date: 25 Mar 16 - 10:30 PM

Money's short and times are hard,
So here's your fu#kin' Easter card.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 25 Mar 16 - 05:47 PM

Spring has sprung
The grass has ris
I wonder where
The birdies is?

Some say the bird is on the wing
But that's absurd
Everyone knows
The wing is on the bird.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 25 Mar 16 - 05:26 PM

Mud, mud, glo-ri-ous mud....'tis the season. (southern New England)


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel
Date: 25 Mar 16 - 03:44 PM

HORTUS IV says ; better than chives from bulb unless a dog has wizzed on it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,#
Date: 25 Mar 16 - 03:28 PM

That's 77 degrees Fahrenheit.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Fossil
Date: 24 Mar 16 - 10:35 PM

Spring is not here, it's autumn. Mind you, it's still 25 Centigrade outside, so quite nice. (What that is in obsolete USdegrees I have no idea, shorts 'n T-shirt weather anyway).

Mind you, also - I live in the Southern Hemisphere. Like the rest of you, we have just had the equinox, but the days are getting shorter and the overnight temperatures are going down. At least my woodpile is full, in readiness for when it actually starts getting cold!


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 24 Mar 16 - 09:21 PM

What plant are you calling field garlic?


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Janie
Date: 24 Mar 16 - 08:41 PM

We have had some gorgeous days here on the northeast Piedmont of North Carolina.

Driving to and from my mother's this weekend, up and across the mountains then down into the Kanawha Valley that I call home was a delight. Redbuds blooming all along the edge of the woods, down low, and the larger trees all different fuzzy shades of green, yellow, orange and pink as the leaf buds start to color up and unfurl.

Daffodils growing out in the middle of old fields or light woods, the only remaining trace of what were once old homesteads and houses.

In my yard, all but the latest jonquils and daffodils are faded. Tulips are at their prime, flowering almond and an old, very early spirea in full bloom, earliest azaleas approaching full bloom, and Quaker's Ladies are all over the front yard. Vinca minor blooming on the shady bank and my few hellebores putting on a good show.

Field garlic has infested several flowerbeds and is standing tall.

The juncos and most of the white-throated sparrows left early in the week. Most birds still in courting mode, but have a pair of red-bellied woodpeckers tending a nest of eggs that I don't think have hatched yet. Several pregnant squirrels, aka tree rats, building birthing nests up in the oak trees.

And it is NCAA Basketball tournament time! Go Tarheels!


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,#
Date: 24 Mar 16 - 02:20 AM

Smell? Swell.

(. . . with apologies to Robert Zend.)


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel
Date: 23 Mar 16 - 08:43 PM

In stands of trees an 1/8th of a mile deep,
the red buds are so thick you see through them.
The cherry trees and magnolias are in full force.
The trees with a wash of fairly green started today to barely bud.
The fragrance of hyacinth comes through my open window.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 23 Mar 16 - 07:13 PM

....and the Mudcat forum finally sprung forward to Daylight Savings time.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Joe_F
Date: 23 Mar 16 - 06:08 PM

In 1996 (IIRC), in Boston, MA, US, there was almost no snow all winter, until on April Fools' Day, with exquisite appropriateness, we woke up to about a foot of it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 23 Mar 16 - 12:22 PM

It's not waiting till April for April showers here, in fact with the storms rolling through, March may go out unlike a lamb. At least it's not freezing cold now.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Joe_F
Date: 22 Mar 16 - 04:03 PM

Spring is coming.
He is?
Not *he* is, *it* is.
It is what?
It is coming.
What is coming?
Spring is coming.
He is?


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Mar 16 - 02:35 PM

This year's had the shortest I've known in my lifetime up to now.

The vernal equinox occurred last Sunday, 20th March, heralding the start of Spring but in the early hours of Easter Sunday morning,27th March, British Summer Time starts.

So Spring's only 7 days long!

I blame the cutbacks!


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: bradfordian
Date: 20 Mar 16 - 06:53 AM

SPRING SONG Alan Bell

Early one evening as I strode along,
I heard a girl singing an old country song
To welcome the new days, the coming of spring,
The bleak winter over, new life to begin

CHORUS:
Love is a pleasure and love is a pain
Love is desire to share yet again
The sweetness of caring, the joy and the tears
Love everlasting, enduring the years

She sang it so sweetly, she sang it so fine
I thought of my own life and all that was mine
For having and holding are better than dreams
And lucky in love means, more than it seems

A time comes for living, a time comes for love
And spring is a good time to give all you have
For seasons will come and, so quickly roll on
As spring brings that young girl, to sing the old song


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKWcJ_MEGYQ


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,Iain
Date: 20 Mar 16 - 05:32 AM

Just had 5 dry days in a row for the first time in months. The lambs can finally run around outside without getting instantly blathered in mud and do not have to worry about the river flooding and trapping them.
The odd ray of sunshine would be a bonus. Another year is now well under way.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Joe Offer
Date: 20 Mar 16 - 12:46 AM

I came across an interesting piece on Equinox/Equilux. Take a look:


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 19 Mar 16 - 05:54 PM

Spring will be back after an interruption from Winter Storm Regis.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: gnu
Date: 19 Mar 16 - 12:33 PM

As from previous posts, it's been a great winter. Lulled into a false sense of security by Old Man Winter, the bastard strikes Monday with a Nor'easter. Warnings/watches are out but alerts have yet to be issued and they may not be as the track is uncertain. Alas, the temperatures have dropped... -15C tonight... so this could be a real Nor'easter given that the cold air may stall the storm when it hits the Isthmus of Chignecto (The Isthmus of Chignecto is an isthmus bordering the Maritime provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia which connects the Nova Scotia peninsula with North America.). I have seen us storm stayed for over three days with one of these late winter storms stalling over us but, given the weather over the last 15 years or so, even *I* have been lulled.

Nonetheless, I welcome the vernal equinox in the early hours of the morrow.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 19 Mar 16 - 10:41 AM

Yes, Steve, we've got Bistort in the Mersey Valley but it's a bit early for it - haven't even seen the leaves yet.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 19 Mar 16 - 09:35 AM

Could be I suppose. It's a bit early and I haven't seen reports from Cornwall. I was unwell the next day and slept for hours in the afternoon. The bites have only just subsided.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Will Fly
Date: 19 Mar 16 - 06:02 AM

Steve - was it by any chance a Blandford fly that bit you? They're nasty little devils and found in the west country, often near rivers.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 19 Mar 16 - 05:56 AM

I remember when I lived oop north seeing lots of bistort, the stuff you roll up with egg, porridge oats and bacon fat to make Easter ledges pudding. It must grow in Cornwall but I haven't seen it. Moschatel will be out by now. I know one or two spots. I have a list of hundreds of plant species I found in Radcliffe in the early 1970s. It would have been longer but for the fact I wasn't very good with grasses ands sedges!


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 19 Mar 16 - 04:58 AM

Went for a walk along the bank of the river Mersey on Thursday. I found in flower: Lesser Celandine, Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage, Butterbur, Dogs Mercury and Spring Crocus. I also found the leaves of: Ramsons, Sweet Cicely, Cuckoo Pint, Autumn Crocus and several others.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Joe Offer
Date: 19 Mar 16 - 02:37 AM

After four years of drought, El Niña brought rain to California this winter. When there's been rain, I head for the desert to look for wildflowers. I went to Anza Borrego Desert State Park in San Diego County, and then to Death Valley National Park. The flowers were wonderful in both places. Death Valley was carpeted in gold.

Today I drove two retired nuns to Daffodil Hill, near Jackson in Amador County in the Gold Rush area. The people-planted daffodils were wonderful, but what I really loved were the wildflowers on the way to and from our destination. The redbuds were especially beautiful, and there were lots of California poppies. A fair amount of dark blue ceanothus bushes, too. No lupine yet - I think it's a bit too early.

And in July, we go on a wildflower tour in Zermatt, Switzerland.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 18 Mar 16 - 07:36 PM

It must be spring. An ant was wandering around my kitchen. I know there will be more soon. Eek!


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: gnu
Date: 16 Mar 16 - 07:54 PM

Saw my first robin today. Probably been robins before this but I don't get out much since I heard the surgeon say, "We may need a suture." Also today, I heard Blue Jays singing that distinct spring song. Since I can't replicate that song herein, I will interpret it for humans (English version). It goes, "Wanna fuck? Wanna fuck?"


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 16 Mar 16 - 05:46 PM

That applied to December, Richard, but not to February, at least in the UK, which was more like average.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,Richard Bridge on the Intel Quad Core
Date: 16 Mar 16 - 01:28 PM

The warmest February on record. By a HUGE margin.   Climate scientists panicking left right and centre. But the usual anti-science retards will deny it as usual.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 15 Mar 16 - 05:57 PM

I went out into my garden wearing shorts this afternoon, and within thirty minutes I had acquired three vicious bites on my legs. I mean, what the bloody hell is biting me in MARCH!! Blood was running down both my legs fer chrissake. I didn't notice the first two culprits, but I saw the bloody thing third time round. It will bite no more. It was black, oval and about 5mm long. Little minibeastly bastard.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 15 Mar 16 - 03:36 PM

Groundhog day hangover, Donuel.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel
Date: 15 Mar 16 - 03:32 PM

I am posting too much
I think it is a symptom of exiting hibernation mode.
This too shall pass.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,Musket
Date: 15 Mar 16 - 02:57 PM

Croakarses dying back now, together with my snowdrops.

Daffodils on one side of the garden out, other side finished.

Just bought a new camera so have been busy out with it in the garden...

Mind you, I hope the Canadian Rockies are going to get some more ruddy snow before I get there next month. Sunshine is apparently living up to its name rather than the irony behind the naming of it. Lake Louise is making snow and Revelstoke isn't looking too hopeful which is a bugger as I booked three nights in a hotel and paid for them the other day.

Oh, back here in Blighty. I have had to cut my lawns three times already. They are green, lush and growing too fast.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,MikeL2
Date: 15 Mar 16 - 02:32 PM

Hi After wettest Winter weather I can remember we had a change about a month ago. Managed to mow my lawns then.

This week , still dry but now in the daytime much warmer.

Actually got some gardening done and sat outside for lunch.

West is Best.

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,bbc
Date: 14 Mar 16 - 09:27 PM

Nope, not till my birthday!

Barbara


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,#
Date: 14 Mar 16 - 02:27 PM

Snow here in ten days or so.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 14 Mar 16 - 01:50 PM

Spring sleet and wind is over here. Never mind, this too shall pass.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 14 Mar 16 - 11:08 AM

Very sharp east wind this end but nice and sunny. Could be that my grass is dry enough to cut for the first time since October. Lost Gardens of Heligan yesterday when the wind was much lighter. Magnolias starting to come out, a few rhododendrons and h*sts of g*lden d*ffod*ls. Went there and back with the roof down too. Bracing!


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 14 Mar 16 - 09:10 AM

Brilliant sunshine today, I just took a drive up the coast road. The sea rolling in, white cap on the waves as they caressed the shore.

Beautiful.


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Subject: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel
Date: 14 Mar 16 - 08:37 AM

Taken by surprise I came to
a grandiose Magnolia tree
Its magnificent one hit wonder
Blossoms with an arrogance to winter

There, the first Robin standing resolutely
despite how near I approach her
She is so staunch her name should be
Stands with fist

Bowing in the rain the simple daffodils
are being called to muster
to wage a mass demonstration soon.
But for now quietly assemble

Tiny Crocus draw all attention
from the winter debris to its oasis
of color and a promise of
great things to come


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