Spring

Spring, what a fantastic time of year. Of course, it is very different depending on the Hemisphere you live in. In the Southern Hemisphere it is now well into autumn or fall. Not huge changes really but perhaps a different type of flower, if lucky maybe the temperature has dropped a bit and even a little more rain. Of course, how far north or south you live you’ll have different experiences. In the most southern areas, you can get snow but, given that, it will still be on the warm side.  Flowers are still in bloom and if you really want to swim, you can.

In the Northern Hemisphere, spring has finally arrived after a long, cold winter. In the areas further north some winters are colder or longer but there is always snow. Snow is gorgeous. The fabulous times spent outside playing, skiing, sliding, skating…… the list goes on. But there comes a time when you have finally had enough and want to be warmer and do spring/summer activities. Maybe you cannot wait to hit the golf course again, swim, garden, hike or play baseball. What is awesome is watching nature doing its thing. The buds are growing not long from producing such beautiful blooms.

In the northern parts of the Northern Hemisphere there is the saying that “Spring flowers bring forth May flowers.” So true. Buds on every flowering tree or shrub, and in May the smells of so many flowers permeates the air.

The early signs of spring are also so exciting. Planting bulbs in the autumn brings an array of flowers in so many colours early into spring. One of the very earliest is the crocus. Brave little things poke their heads up almost as soon as the snow has started to melt. Still remember this little song….do not know anyone else who learned this in school.

“Mother crocus woke her babes, washed their faces clean
She tied their caps beneath their chins, in bows of ribbons green,
Out into the sun they popped, peek-a-boo they cried
They gave old winter such a fright, he ran away to hide”

Whoever wrote this little song must have loved the crocus as I do.

So for those of you heading into spring and summer, enjoy it all as well as the folks in the south having a break from the extreme heat.

Creatures in Natural Settings

pexels-photo-57848Animals are fascinating creatures. We have our house pets, most likely a dog or cat. Some people are a little more adventurous and have snakes or reptiles or even guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits or fish. But nothing beats a creature in the wild. You would not want one in your home! We can all go and visit these animals in the zoo and we marvel at their size, how cute they look, how they are playing.

Next time you are planning a vacation, instead of flying off to a land far away, why not stick close to home and visit a national park or camp. It doesn’t matter what country you live in, there are native animals that you must see…

Try driving late at night around your campsite, very slowly while all other campers are asleep. The animals are up and about and keeping busy.

Riding around in a Ute with the lights dimmed, you might spot your first kangaroo in a natural setting, catch a mother moose with two young twins, or even a bear in the campsite nearby digging through the trash.

You will see some during the day, too, if you keep your eyes wide open. One time we saw an injured grizzly bear with her cub running across the highway and down the mountainside. A family was having a BBQ for lunch so we shouted to alert them. They jumped into the car, the mother bear stole their dinner from the BBQ and ran off with it. This was years ago we still have memories of that awesome moment.

We can learn a lot from animals. They know who and what they are, doing what comes naturally, no lessons needed. Cats and dogs will give you more love than you can ever imagine. Having a bad day, their greeting when you come home will melt your heart and you will forget whatever is on your mind.

Have a great day & enjoy the beautiful creatures around us.

Easter & Chocolate Beginnings

 

pexels-photo-104373Easter Weekend…… it has so many different meanings depending on who is celebrating.

It is the biggest celebration for those who are Christian. Other people who are a different faith  thoroughly enjoy the  long weekend. But, we all love the “Easter Bunny” and chocolate eggs, searching for the hidden treasures in so many amazing hiding places. Sometimes you find one a month later!

In the 19th Century, Switzerland & Germany celebrated with chocolate but it was not really great tasting. They have certainly learned the art of deliciousness……

Those from Switzerland believe a cuckoo delivers the eggs & in Germany that a fox does. For me…..I love bunnies!!!

How about you?

In Vegreville, Alberta, Canada, has a large Ukrainian population & they are the best at decorating/ painting eggs. To honor their tradition, they have built a huge “Egg” at the town entrance.