Sunday, April 26, 2015

spring !

bout time .. sheesh!  .. it's been a long winter, and while the tide is definitely turning, i think i was the only one on the golf course today in shorts.  the temperature made it into the 50s, but there was a pretty good wind and that kept the sweaters (and some light parkas) on.  
but, the ducks are back.  they showed up yesterday, and i think it's their latest first appearance
in the 18 years we have lived here.  some years they show up in march.
other good stuff is happening too.  the goldfish are all happy and the pump and filter has cleaned the sludge out of their winter water.  crystal clear now .. click the photos to enlarge them.
mr. bear came by thursday night and made a new sculpture out of the bird feeder.  mr. squirrel thinks he can get up the pole now that it's on a slope and his persistence in trying was both impressive and hysterical.  an excellent example of the fail.
and on the other side of the house, three baby squirrels were out an practicing going up and down the tree.  they never actually left the tree, but they got down to about 2 feet off the ground, then turned and went back up to momma, who was cracking acorns for them back up top.  i tried to get them all together,  but ran out of patience.  the little guy in the photo above was about half size of his mom.
the wild leeks are up in the ravine above the pond,
and the red trilliums have buds but not flowers quite yet.

the million different kinds of mosses we have (could have a blog post just on them sometime) are greening up
and the snow is pretty much gone except on the mountains and at the ski areas, like stratton mountain in the distance.
new plates in the kiln today
and a friend brought me some sap spout maple for helping him with a project in the shop .. nice!

and we start a new slab headboard king size bed tomorrow ... more photos on that as we progress.

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