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Thursday, 23 January 2020

Reminder of spring

It snows most days now. The tight grip of winter is exhausting. The layers of clothes required for every outing, the biting wind requiring face coverage, ice under foot and the need for ice grips are always a consideration now if my husband and I attempt a walk. We have resorted to time on the treadmill, a poor and disliked alternative.


Around the house, the snow piles up and along the driveway where banks of snow have begun their annual visit. We are fortunate to have a plow do most of the work but walkways and patio must be cleared too. Meanwhile inside, the fireplace is for more than ambience these days.


But there it sits on the window ledge above the kitchen sink. 





A splash of colour and its spaghetti roots swaying in the water when I move it to close the blind for the night. The vase my friend, Lucy, gave me a few years ago holds a hyacinth bulb she gave me for Christmas. Just add water to kiss the bottom of the bulb and roots sprout and grow. Eventually a touch of spring arrives on the window ledge, a scent of hyacinth and a splash of colour to distract from what is happening outside. 


Ahhh...





22 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

There's nothing like that scent!

bill burke said...

A touch of joy and beauty, nice to see when indoors during the winter.
Have a wonderful weekend, Marie.

Elephant's Child said...

What a truly beautiful gift.
I do love hyacinths and am hoping that winter releases its grip on you. And that summer skedaddles here. She has outstayed her welcome.

Ruth Hiebert said...

That flower is so cheery. I have to say, I don't mind snow and even a storm, as long as I can stay indoors.

At Home In New Zealand said...

I can't imagine what it would be like to live in those conditions, where it is so difficult to get outside. It sounds horrendous. Take care of yourselves - and enjoy your beautiful hyacinth :)

William Kendall said...

A world of white outside that window.

DJan said...

It is a beautiful flower that feels like summer, even in front of that snowy scene. :-)

Anvilcloud said...

We bought a pot of hyacinths this week.

Joanne Noragon said...

A lovely flower.

Rose said...

I would love a fireplace for any reason...but especially on cold days. I LOVE your hyacinth...I hope I can remember to get a bulb and do that some year. That would just be a touch of joy every time I would see it.

Liz Hinds said...

So beautiful and hope for Spring.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

I am sure that touch of colour inside really brightens up your mood on a snowy day when you are unable to venture out.

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

Lovely, it is nice to have some colorful flowers in the home.

Happy weekend to you!

Linda said...

Wonderful Marie.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I so wanted to do that last year Marie, but when hyacinth bulbs come in at the nurseries, they go out just as fast. I was too late! I bet the perfume is a lovely reminder that spring will arrive eventually 🌷

Debbie said...

ooooh that sounds so gloomy, even for me who loves the snow!!

i love the hyacinth, nothing smells better and there is no better time then now to be smelling it!!!

jenny_o said...

It's beautiful, and you have done it justice with that photo!

Retired Knitter said...

Wow, that window looks very very frosty. I love the idea of that bulb. I might even be able to do that - me with my brown thumb.

Stewart M said...

It does not look like that here! It will be over 100 degrees on Friday! Not good!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Barbara said...

I love bulbs but I have never grown them in water. I'm not sure why. I need to watch for that type of vase so I can buy some bulbs when they are on sale. I bet it smells good. It looks like it would.

Danielle L Zecher said...

Your hyacinth is beautiful! That's usually one of the first bulbs to sprout in the spring. I can't wait for that to happen!

baili said...

is is vividly done image dear Marie :)

this flower has poured soul into white washed view !
i wish you an early Spring!