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BS: Spring is here

Steve Shaw 19 Apr 16 - 08:49 PM
keberoxu 19 Apr 16 - 02:43 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
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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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
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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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
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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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
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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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
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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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 04 Apr 16 - 03:19 PM

Snow today, mud tomorrow?


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 01 Apr 16 - 04:20 PM

Weekend forecast still going on about snow. Enough already.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: gnu
Date: 01 Apr 16 - 06:54 AM

16C today!


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