Friday, March 21, 2014

Bits and Pieces of March

 The weather this March has been bouncing from freezing, to just above, to a glorious 40 or 50, then back down below freezing.  This has created for some beautiful landscape, including a week ago when we had a dump of 3-4 inches of snow, and that combined with the wind made some lovely patterns that were beautiful to see.
Just a few days later, we had a warm up (anything above 30 is a warm up here) and my ducks were thrilled with all the puddles it created!!

The "warm up" was followed by a few freezing single-digit mornings which formed some absolutely marvelous frost formations.

Another fun bit of March.. is... Ducklings!!! 

They just "happened" to be on sale at a TSC I walked into (to be honest I called a few of them to find if anywhere had a sale on them).

So 4 darling little Runner Ducklings came home; one of them has the most ridiculously adorable crest (Topsy) and they all have riotously hilarious personalities.

March also means starting seeds and looking forward to gardening.

"The love of dirt is among the earliest of passions" ~Charles Dudley Warner

Happiness held is the seed, happiness shared is the flower.

"The love of gardening is a seed which once sown never dies." ~Gertrude Jekyll

Yesterday was (according to the calendar) the first day of spring.  It didn't quite reflect this optimistic statement outside, but nevertheless we believe it is coming, and to celebrate this fact we had a wonderful evening as a family watching one of my absolutely favorite movies, and definitely THE spring movie of all time "The Secret Garden". 
At the moment I am unable to get out and check on how spring is coming along due to an accident early this week which has left me couch bound and crutches reliant.  But hopefully as I sit inside, outside.. spring is coming.

"Is spring coming?" he said. "What is it like? You don't see it in rooms if you are ill." 
"It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine, and things pushing up and working under the earth."