The last of the snow from the front lawn is finally melted. We are always the last in the neighbourhood to lose the snow. The long driveway accumulates so much snow which is piled high by the plow. When it finally melts, the lawn is unfamiliar after the long winter.
The clothesline is out in the backyard again and the first clothes have been hung to dry. Comforters, duvet covers, blankets and bed clothes made the first loads. Consecutive days of rain and snow have precluded other loads but with the first sun, drapes will have their turn. That may be a week or more away.
Barbecue season has begun. The barbecue too made the spring migration from the garage to the patio on the last fine day and the first meal has been cooked there. The migration of the patio furniture doesn’t begin for another month or whenever the rain ends.
The neighbourhood crows are courting. This time every spring, the males do their fancy aerial acrobatics for the females. It is common for two or more to vie for a female’s favours, looking as if to dive bomb her, but she doesn’t flinch and appears amused by their antics. The size of the birds makes their acrobatics an attention grabber.
A beaver has moved into the boardwalk area again. The telltale signs around the bridge and the decreased water flow into the stream mean its dam is working. Other walkers have seen him but we haven’t been so lucky. My husband and I showed our granddaughters the chewed off poplar trunks and the dam area before he is shipped out, as was the last beaver who took up residence there. It is amazing the impact such a small animal can have on the environment.
Finally, on Friday past, Canadian astronaut David St. Jacques had this photo on his Twitter feed, showing the Canadian Maritimes in their spring glory.
St. Jacques is in the last half of his over six month stay at the International Space Station. Prince Edward Island is left of centre in the lower third of the photo. The snow and ice around this gentle little island is almost gone.
Can blooms and blossoms be far behind?