Hello, have you encountered spring yet?
It’s been a long time waiting for signs of it to arrive…
Although our snow is gone, there are traces in the shady hedges of the back roads..we’re circled by mountains here, even though our valley is wide.
Our 2 hour hike up the mountain near our home last weekend have left some unfamiliar muscles squeaking, but showed moss, lichen, and snow patches. It only increased my eagerness to get outside, and spend more time in the forest.
I’m happy as long as I don’t meet bears… the steep climb made it difficult to talk, and I eventually relied on my heaving breathing to warn any wandering bears of our arrival. The birds chirping, twigs ready to burst, the bluest sky filtering through the branches and barely a cotton candy cloud…
The beauty of a path not taken;
We choose to go right and left the discovery of the other direction for our next foray into the forest.
We live on the side of a mountain, there’s a public trail leading 20 km over the mountain to a ski resort behind us, but it’s uncharted territory… straight up the mountain, and while a trail does exist there doesn’t seem to be a map for users…The one path we choose ended abruptly with an option of going onwards towards an unknown destination that may have deposited us miles from home, or move down towards the perimeter of a not so nice country neighbour’s property, or retreat back up the hill we had just come down…
Faced with a choice of going back, or cutting through someone’s property what would you have done?
Maybe he’s misunderstood but I didn’t want to risk making my way down the mountainside towards his fence line only to have to trespass and be yelled at…so after an intense workout of an hour and a half we made our way back up the mountain…uphill both ways. I’m not kidding…that last 1/2 hour was brutal…but we made it.
“It’s spring fever, that’s what the name of it is.”
Did Mark Twain ever have that one right.
I’m helping out a friend in their greenhouse, the air is steamy, hot, we dress in layers of summer clothing and still are flushed. The temperature rising with the sun to a balmy but sticky 34 C. It’s a real shock to open those doors and walk outside in the fresh air…the change is extreme. The plants love it though…and I can’t wait to see what they grow up to be.
The cure for spring fever
Can only be spring blossoms and we are so eager to see those pop up. The bleeding heart is the first to show up the tender fronds of ferns have pierced the cold soil. A cooler spring gives me time to get my garden cleaned up, it’s slept too long, and it’s a mess. As I’m sure many other gardeners are finding that the snow has covered up a lot of issues.
But the extended winter has given me time to put together the latest issue of RURAL magazine
It’s bursting with spring blossoms, gorgeous photos, and articles that will lift your spirits and soothe your spring fever. Please take a moment to share it with your friends…why not join us on FB under RURAL magazine, and visit us on Instagram where we are @RURAL magazine.
We’re a small independent magazine which means every time you share our link we all win, so please, share with your friends, and visit our contributors, also let us know what you think of the Spring issue of RURAL magazine.
Enjoy the issue, and your spring weather.
Jen @ The Light Laughed