The Joys of Spring

Readers, it has finally happened—the event I have been looking forward to since the spring equinox, and it ranks right up there with forsythia and the song of the peepers. Drum roll, please: yesterday marked the first time this year that I was able to hang laundry outside on the line. Happy, happy day! From now until October, laundry will be hung on the line rather than inside on racks.

As if that weren’t enough joy for one week…the maple tree is in bloom. These tiny bursts of red are one of my favorite flowers. They complement every bird, no matter the color, that comes into the backyard—theΒ Β  goldfinches, the cardinals, the chickadees, the nuthatches.

And what a joy to have birds around me as I worked in the garden. I heard the sharp rat-a-tat-tat of a woodpecker, the twitter of the goldfinches, the caw of a crow, and the haunting call of a loon.

With such music, it seemed as though the big bed in the backyard was cleaned in no time.

Even more joy: The ferns are starting to come up.

And last but not least, Clif sifted compost for me, and this will soon go in the back garden.

Such a lot of joy for one week. Who could ask for anything more?



43 thoughts on “The Joys of Spring”

  1. When I grew up in Norway I had the same feeling when spring appeared – how wonderful! πŸ™‚ Goodbye winter boots, welcome shoes!

  2. Oh happy happy day indeed Laurie, so lovely when the washing can dry outside again and the compost looks beautiful! πŸ˜€πŸ’–πŸŒΏ xxx

  3. The outside washing reminded me of ironing so I couldn’t quite get my joy level up.
    I’m with you on the birdsong though (even at 4.30 a.m. 😡) and I do like a bit of compost.

  4. Laurie, we had one day of sunshine this week with the rest gray cloudy and rain pouring down. There is standing water everywhere. I hate to complain because it doesn’t have to be shoveled, but we need a little sunshine down south of you. πŸ™‚

    1. Same here, except drizzly rather than pouring. The pictures I posted were from the one sunny day we had. I understand that next week the sun will be coming our way for many days. Yay!

  5. I agree with Judy–strange that Maine looks so good and NH and upstate New York are so chilly and wet! But enjoy every minute of these fleeting pleasures!

  6. I can’t think of a better way to spend the morning than seeing blossoms appearing in the garden, and hearing birdsong at the same time…..have fun!

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