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Spring, or Winter, or Both

Or maybe we should call it “sprinter”?

Anyway, most of the winter has been quite mild, with a few cold spells in between. Lately we have had some nice weather with clear skies, frost, and some gorgeous evening skies.

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Last week I took a look in our garden, and was very surprised when I saw these popping up everywhere:

crocus      I cannot remember the crocuses being so early before, – the sun had not even returned to our house and garden after the winter months when this photo was taken.

When driving to visit family this week, we also came across lots of these beside the road:

tussilagoColtsfoot (Tussilago) is a sure sign of spring.

On returning home in late afternoon, we had time to stop and take some photos as the sun was setting.

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boatsThere were thin crusts of ice floating about on the surface of this fjord.

A bit later we came across this frozen lake:

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I went out of the car for a better view. It was our last evening of this spell of cold, nice weather. No wind, and all was quiet….

skating… except for a faint sound of a single pair of steel blades on ice, the occasional booming sound of the ice settling into the colder evening temperatures, and also peals of laughter ringing across the lake from the far shore where a group of people had fun on the ice.

skating2I was just able to glimpse some figures moving over there, – one is sitting on a kicksled, and the others skating along.

Now it is raining again, and the ice is probably gone.

🙂

Eldrid

Lagre

Lagre

Lagre

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Annual Spring Report 2016

The photos below were all taken on May 1st, the date I have used to compare the progress of spring for some time now.

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The woods have just a hint of green, – most trees have only small buds, while a few early ones are sporting tiny leaves.

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The pussy willow has been out for some time. There is still lots of snow in the mountains and temperatures have been quite low so far.

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Crocuses are mostly finished, most of the daffodils are budding, and so is the cherry tree.

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Only the very early daffodils and the ones growing in the most sunny places are in bloom.

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The tulips along the south wall have large buds.

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The spiraea bush, – the very first bush that was planted in our garden nearly 40 years ago, is starting to sprout leaves, but no flowers yet. The rose bush to the right was planted about the same time, and will hopefully display its white roses in a couple of months.

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The field looks yellow and bleak, but there must be something green growing underneath since the deer turn up grazing there almost every day.

 

🙂

Eldrid

 

Promises

This time of year there are blogs all over which are filled with crocuses and other lovely signs of coming spring. When we still have snow and cold weather, they make me a little envious.

However, crocuses have finally appeared in our garden too, and each time I walk past and see them, they are a personal promise that spring is on its way, at last.

The photos were taken a few days ago when there was no sun, so they had not opened up yet. Yesterday was a very fine day, however, so when I arrived home in the evening after a trip to visit family, most of them were in full bloom. It was a lovely sight, but sadly, it was too dark by then to get any good pictures.

While I was browsing around the garden taking the photos above, I also came across this collection of shells nested in a hollow in one of the tree stumps left from the trees we chopped down a couple of years ago.

They are the tangible memories of last summer’s visit from the grandkids, and a successful foray on the nearest beach on a fine August day.

The boys enjoyed themselves immensely. . . . .

. . . . collecting lots of small treasures to carry home…..

. . . .  to play with in the sand.

Then some of them ended up on the tree stump as well, where they have spent all winter underneath the snow and frost.

Their lovely blue gradated colours caught my eye;  – they are as decorative as the crocuses, in their own way. . .

. . . and hold as many promises too.

Spring is a lovely time.

Eldrid

My ticket to Houston

Amy at Park City Girl is hosting a Bloggers’ Quilt Festival again. Thank you, Amy, for organizing this tour.

This time I want to show you the quilt that bought me a ticket to Houston in 2000.

I had just finished my Kameleon Quilt number 1, and my head was spinning with all the possible variations I could do with this concept when a Norwegian magazine announced a pillow contest. The first prize would be a 10 day journey to the US, – first to Houston Quilt festival and then on to Bird-in-Hand in the middle of Amish country in Pennsylvania.

I entered the quilt below, which actually won the first prize. My husband was lucky to buy himself a ticket in the same group, so we could go together. It was a great experience.

The quilt is mounted as a pillow, but it can also work well as a wall hanging. The video below shows how the flaps can be opened and display different flower motifs:

If you have problems running the video, there are photos of the different views on my website. A pattern for the wall hanging is also available.

Every autumn when there is talk of Houston, I think back on the wonderful trip we had 9 years ago.

Please go over to Park City Girl to see a list of all the other participants.

Eldrid