“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
"Winter is dead.”
-A.A. Milne, from "When We Were Very Young"
Just a bit of spring courtesy of beautiful Washington State for those of you who have a while yet to wait. part of my own personal physical health plan for this year is to get out of the house and take a daily walk. While living in the suburbs has never ever appealed to me (I grew up deep in the country - it is hard to be comfortable in a neighborhood when you're used to having just trees and birds as your neighbors!), there are several things I appreciate about where we live. There are walking trails everywhere. I can walk out my door and have a dozen ways I can go. It is delightful! And with spring on our doorstep, each walk brings a new discovery.
We have been watching these crocus grow in a neighbor's yard. Crocus is among the first flowers to bloom where I am from, along with snowdrops. The greens of daffodils and tulips are several inches long, but no blooms for a while yet. Each walk with my children is a lesson on garden plants - at 3 and almost 8, they are at such a fun age where they love to learn what things are called.
While I haven't walked daily, it has been pretty close. I'll post some more as we discover new, pretty things. For those of you almost literally buried in snow, I wish I could box up some of our spring and send it to you!