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BS: Spring is here

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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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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
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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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
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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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
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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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
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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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
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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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
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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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
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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