It’s a grey and drizzly day on the wet West coast where we make our home, and on a day like today it’s hard to believe that Spring really is just around the corner. However, the subtle signs are everywhere, whispering that the season is just about to change.
To begin, the hours of daylight are very slightly different. For those of you who live closer to the waist of the earth, that may not sound like headline news, but for those of us who are farther North, light, or more properly, the lack of it, is a daily conversation. Through the darkest weeks of the year, the sun doesn’t rise until eight in the morning, and has disappeared again by four-thirty in the afternoon. Here it is, only a month past the Winter solstice and already the sun has relented just enough to light the way to school for the kids. It’s a happy thing!
We’re not the only ones that have noticed that the light is starting to come back to our side of the Earth… It’ll sound funny, but the squirrels about the neighborhood are showing the first signs of Spring Fever! I watched out the kitchen window last weekend, laughing out loud, as what seemed like wild herds of Squirrels scurried back and forth across the front veranda. I’m not sure what they were doing, (what happens in the front yard, stays in the front yard) … but whatever it was, it involved a lot of frantic chasing, fluffing of tails and chattering.
Meanwhile, Our elderly cat, Cookie was keeping a close eye on their dodgy proceedings, hustling determinedly along behind them each time they crossed the porch. I would be concerned for the squirrels safety, but fortunately Cookie no longer poses any real threat to the garden creatures.
Of course, there are other signs about the garden of the coming change in seasons… The Willows are blooming long acid green trailing blossoms… the hazels are, too – some of them very tidy, like newborn pinecones, others more
showy, looking for all the world like microscopic displays of fireworks. Everywhere that I look I see the promise of flowers to come. In the case of the snowdrops, promise is perhaps the wrong word – they are already up, out and in full bloom. The Crocus won’t be far behind, though they seem to pop out of the ground already in bloom, as if they think they’re running late. The Tulips are pushing their lush green leaves out the soil, as are the daffodils, hyacinths and even daylilies! I expected to see the Spring bulbs up and around, but I was surprised to see the Summer ones too.
The Troll Anemone Pendant, in full bloom here on a Sterling Foxtail Bracelet
Clockwise from clasp: “Heaven Crane Lock”, “Unique Glass”, “Birds of a Feather, Small”, “Pink Gold”, “Wise Bamboo”, “Ornamental Flower Bead”, “Floral Wishes Bead”, “Crown Chakra”, “Healing Heart”, “Troll With Big Feet”, “Blossom Shade”, “Diamond Bead with Gold Core”, “Meditation Bead”, “Soft Wind of Change Orb Bead”, “Fragile Purity”, “Silver Trace, Gold”, “Rainbow Bridge”, “Trinity”, “Engraved Romance”, “Light Blue Gold”, “Fan of Kindness”, “Rosa Pearl”.
I know that in other parts of the continent, people are still cleaning up after the recent snowstorm, but here, after our grey months, I’m so grateful to be looking forward to the first days of Spring!