Monday, April 7, 2014


We have past the spring equinox and moved past the benchmark day of spring.   Finally the temperatures are moderating and the snow is beginning to melt - leaving us with the beginning of mud season.   

March was hard with temps at night dipping to zero and day temps at or below freezing.   It is not that we are not use to cold weather in Maine, but the tease of spring on the cusp had everybody anxious.  I dug out the door to the motorcycle shed and removed the cover on my ride - and started looking at prices for new tires and a new battery; but the March weather would not relent.

Snow from our metal roof stacked up beside the house obscuring the view from the living room window.

In the kitchen the basil plant voraciously soaked up the short sun times between snow storms.

But as all things pass: here in April (7th) spring has finally arrived - the dirt appearing through the snow pack on our road ( the harbinger of mud season.)   

And the snow is starting to recede.  

The basil plant has taken on a new life in the south facing kitchen window and yesterday we found a lady bug on the sill.   

We still have a way to go, but the day temps are now in the forties and fifties and the nights are above freezing. 

It is just a matter of time before I hear the deep throat roar of a motorcycle on the main road 

the Ol'Buzzard


  1. YES! I cannot stop my self from being snarky know what I was doing today? I was out all day long in my shorts and no shirt getting a sunburn! This period means more work for me...I am full time gardening...I cut the lawn again today and since it is still getting chilly at night, I still have to cut wood...I am pretty sure that I am going to go work on the vines at Vieux Chevrol around the 25th of April! That is one of my favorite things! 25 hectares of grapevines and my trusty little empamphrette.

  2. Have I ever told you how pretty your house is? What a beautiful place! All the trees - fabulous. I miss that kind of scenery - where I lived in Ontario looked exactly like that. Alberta is more fields, less trees. But I certainly don't miss your snow.... holy moly, that's a LOT!

    1. i went through a Canadian Forces survival school in Edmonton, Alberta. I have traveled through there a few times. It is a lot of space.

  3. If a ladybug has shown up, Spring cannot be far behind!


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