Even though our scant snow cover disappeared very early this year and we've been fortunate to have had some really mild weather and warm temps in March and the start of April, spring does not come easy to us in the far north. There are even some curmudgeons around who say we HAVE no spring but go from winter one day into summer the next. (Oh all right, so I might have said that once or twice.)
The garden beds wait patiently to see some activity.
The strawberry patch in the corner of the field garden is still snuggled under a winter blanket of mulch. April is usually not a good-natured month for us and could definitely bring some nights of hard frost.
No, that's not snow you see on the squash patch but rather a sprinkling of litter from the chicken house floor scattered there last fall and waiting to be turned under.
Yesterday morning the pond still had chunks of ice floating on it but this morning it looks clear.
The day yesterday was glorious! As we were working back in the wood cutting area, we both kept shedding one layer of clothing after another. There's no thermometer back there but when I checked our (we think inaccurate) thermometer on the south-facing deck at 2 p.m., it read 90°. (This thermometer is made of slate and we suspect absorbs the heat and, therefore, gives a higher-than-should-be reading. What genius designed that?) At any rate, it had to be close to 80° standing in the sun. And there was a lovely breeze blowing which made it feel soooo good.
We were back down to 44° at 6 o'clock this morning with very gray, overcast skies. The forecast is for rain for the next few days which will delay our efforts to get our second wood shed filled but we very much need the moisture. The forest fire danger has been listed as HIGH for a while now and no one is happy to see that.
Should we get the precipitation predicted, I think the grass will green up and little shoots of flowers and herbs and -- oh yes, weeds -- will start turning our dull-brown landscape into more of a real spring time scene. Bring it on, I say, bring it on!
Just when it couldn't have been more surreal...
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