Finally....spring is making its presence felt here in the Maritimes! Sunday was a beautiful day and the temperature rose to 14C. I went for a little walk along the road to see what I could see of spring and the first thing was a robin that flew into a tree along the road. I had to crop the photo as it was too far away. Isn't he handsome?
There are flocks of robins, blackbirds of all varieties, juncos and American goldfinch coming around yesterday and today. Today? It's sunny and already 8 and going up to 15 this afternoon! Yay! It's about time!
I boosted the colour in this photo a bit so you could see the soft rosy buds forming on the trees along this field. Still lots of snow and drifts to melt but the snow is disappearing so fast the past few days.
Here is the brook which is still snow covered but I could hear it rushing underneath. Another couple of days and it should be opening up.
As I spent some time in the yard yesterday just looking at things and seeing how the tulips and daffodils are coming up etc., I also noticed the snow under the bird feeders which have hung on the clothesline all winter. Oh my. What a mess! Looks at the dirty snow. Some is tree detritus but the rest is seed and seed casings. The birds and red squirrels are enjoying the clean up but all this will eventually end up on the lawn. I may not feed the birds next winter. It's just too messy!
The front yard on Sunday. The snow is slowly melting.
Sorry about the colour of this photo. It's my cell phone (an iPhone 4) and I don't know why the photos have such a pink tone to them. I wanted to show how this drainage ditch is opening up and how the field is starting to get some bare spots. The field behind our house has much less snow than this one which is across the road.
A frozen puddle.
We have a lot of landscaping to do in the backyard this year. This is the landing at the bottom of the deck stairs and just a temporary fix of old patio stones that were put there last fall. It was neat to see the way the ice formed on it last night when the water froze. This will have to be all removed and gravel laid along with a nice stone patio. Murray is getting anxious to get some of this outdoor work done but we'll have to wait a few weeks for the ground to dry up.
Thanks for your kind concern regarding my fall a week ago that I shared with you in my last post. Yesterday I was much better, surprisingly, as on Saturday I felt pretty bad. My knee is back to 'normal' (for me) and we even went for a walk in the afternoon. Although I can't walk far or fast at least it's a start. I hope to go for a walk this afternoon too, but I won't overdo it. ;)
Have a fabulous day! I'm going to get out and enjoy that warm sunshine.