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BS: Spring is here

Donuel 05 May 21 - 01:10 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel
Date: 05 May 21 - 01:10 PM

The Azales are fading and the baby bamboo shoots are growing 2 feet a day. The giant ciccada killers in the the tens of thousands are still small and starting their burrows that look like little pyramids. The ciccadas themselves are still burrowing up through newly softened soil toward a new life of light and flight.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 05 May 21 - 05:45 AM

First swallow of the year today. 3 weeks late!

Robin


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 30 Apr 21 - 10:49 AM

Yesterday it was the rain,
today it is the wind,
with the clouds RACING across the sky outside the window.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 29 Apr 21 - 12:51 PM

April Showers,
whereat the local farmers rejoice mightily.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 27 Apr 21 - 07:41 PM

Something just happened called a Super Pink Full Moon,
so why do I feel so blue . . .


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: robomatic
Date: 27 Apr 21 - 03:03 PM

Mid 50s here in the heat of the day. I'm working outside in shorts and boots. The sidewalks are fully clear of snow but there are some street piles and there are major hills piled up by the roadclearing crews which will be visible through May. But it is glorious.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel
Date: 27 Apr 21 - 12:45 PM

That was then, this is now. Its 80 F. here today.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 27 Apr 21 - 10:31 AM

"Will summer be too hot...?"

Not for me it won't. It may get a bit too humid at times, but never too hot. I've spent a few August weeks in inland Andalucía (quite near Tabernas Desert) when the temperature is routinely in the range 35 to 40C, similarly in Granada and Córdoba, with humidity in the teens or single numbers. I can take that any time with the proviso that my balding head and my forehead mustn't be allowed to burn. On the other hand, we were at Lake Como one June in temperatures of 35 to 37C in high humidity. Foolishly, we decided to do the steep uphill hike to Chiesa San Martino, a tiny church perched high on the mountainside above the lake. We thought it would be OK because much of the hike was in the shade of woodland. We forgot that the trees also cancelled out the breeze completely. Fortunately for us, we were the only eejits daft enough to try the climb that day and we were able to eat lunch disrobed with clothes spread out to dry on the rocks. What a view though (of the lake and mountains, not us). A terrific overnight thunderstorm cleared the air. Next morning the mountains were draped in wisps of cloud with the peaks standing proud in the sunshine.

So I don't agree with the Bard when he writes that "Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines," but I'm with him when he says that "...summer's lease hath all too short a date."


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 26 Apr 21 - 10:33 PM

Another sign that spring has arrived:

road crews repairing potholes on streets, driveways,
access ramps etc absolutely everywhere.
It's like a sea of orange out there
with all the orange cones and orange barrels on the roads.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: JHW
Date: 26 Apr 21 - 06:07 AM

Been wearing shorts all week, lots of flowers and warm in the day. Will summer be too hot or will it rain?


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 25 Apr 21 - 01:55 PM

A condition of moderate drought is asserted
for the northeastern piece of the continental US,
so this rainy weekend is good news for the farmers.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 22 Apr 21 - 11:04 PM

Spring ought to be back in about twelve to twenty-four hours.

This was our second day of snowstorms and high winds,
and it is going down to freezing tonight.

the crucial thing is
to avoid working up a sweat and
THEN catching a chill ...


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Apr 21 - 07:05 PM

Spring is here, but we have a frost forecast overnight, so I can wait one more day to put some of the stuff in the new garden.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Malcolm Storey
Date: 20 Apr 21 - 06:22 PM

We had our first housefly of the year - bloody nuisance.
Couple of goldfinch chased off by one of our resident sparrows!
Lovely day 18C and Spring is definitely here - for the moment.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: leeneia
Date: 20 Apr 21 - 12:26 AM

It's been warm and lovely, we are in-between tulips and irises, the birds are singing, but tomorrow, snow is predicted.

April may not be the cruelest month, but it's the most irritating.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 19 Apr 21 - 09:25 AM

My first sighting of a male orange-tip butterfly this morning.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 19 Apr 21 - 06:23 AM

Shade temperatures may not have reached much above 10C for the past couple of weeks (we had a warmer week before that) but we (North Norfolk UK) have had some sunny days that have felt quite warm, at least if you stay in the sunshine. Mum has spent a couple of afternoons sitting outside on the (south facing and getting full sun) bench in the field.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Malcolm Storey
Date: 18 Apr 21 - 08:49 PM

Spring is here, Spring is here

First line of the Tom Lehrer classic "poisoning pigeons in the park£".

Perhaps the Orwell quote is more apt.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Joe_F
Date: 18 Apr 21 - 06:25 PM

So long as you are not actually ill, hungry, frightened or immured in a prison or a holiday camp, spring is still spring. The atom bombs are piling up in the factories, the police are prowling through the cities, the lies are streaming from the loudspeakers, but the earth is still going round the sun, and neither the dictators nor the bureaucrats, deeply as they disapprove of the process, are able to prevent it. -- George Orwell, 12 April 1946


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 18 Apr 21 - 06:10 PM

We've had less then half an inch of rain in the last five weeks, after an extremely soggy winter. We've had a fifth of an inch in the last three weeks. It's sunny but it's never warm. We're lucky if we get 13C (55F) and we're getting a frost most nights.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Ebbie
Date: 18 Apr 21 - 04:52 PM

This year we leapt straight from winter into summer. A week ago we were still spitting snow and the winds were icy.

Yesterday at the airport it his 70 degrees and 66 downtown (about 7 miles apart- Juneau is strange that way). In my and my dog's first walk this morning it was 61 degrees. Ah, well. Our blood will get used to it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 18 Apr 21 - 11:09 AM

Rhododendrons in bloom (purple-blue-violet).


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 17 Apr 21 - 08:13 AM

As Earths axis tilts into the sun, in our Northern hemisphere,
The darkness starts to decrease, and much lighter days are here.
The weather starts to warm, although some snow may hit the ground,
Whilst snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils, are blooming all around.
Hence how this lovely season, earned its’ name, we call it Spring,
Because of new and regrowth, that this beauteous time can bring.
The trees, plants, bushes and flowers, fill our lands with varied hue,
And birds collect their twigs and straw to line their nests anew.
For people, plants and animals, a refreshing time of year,
Gardeners and farmers both enjoy, a time of simple cheer.
With grazing good, the cows produce a milk so fresh and fine,
And crops grow in abundance, all so green within their prime.
Humans, flora and fauna, seem to sense the seasons coming,
Birds all sing their happy songs, and bees can be heard humming.
The fields begin to fill again, with happy gambolling lambs,
Newly imported beavers, start to build their useful dams.
The air seems so much fresher, from new oxygen provided,
As the lovely flora does its’ job, but it isn’t just one sided.
When we take breath, we breathe it in, and breathe out CO2,
Which the flora need to stay alive, so we help feed them too.
With symbiosis in our land, which we cannot live without,
Our wondrous world, such great design, of that there is no doubt.
I think of this uncertain world, that fills some folk with fear,
Here we are, It’s Spring again. What a lovely year.

Michael J Hill © February 2020.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 16 Apr 21 - 08:18 PM

That umbrella I bought two springs ago,
still works nicely.
I had to scrape the wet spongy snow
off the windscreen of the parked car this morning.
At the same time,
the day warmed up enough
that I saw my first
EARTHWORMS on the wet pavement,
the first since everything froze last autumn.   

I always try not to step on the earthworms or squash them.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Mrrzy
Date: 30 Apr 20 - 04:05 PM

Fall is also here, or rather, there, for the Down Under folk.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 30 Apr 20 - 11:10 AM

The big trees here are still quite bare,
but the smaller shrubby scrubby trees,
and the large bushes and shrubs,
are leafing and blossoming their little hearts out.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 28 Apr 20 - 11:07 PM

Spring is here,
and the squirrels are beside themselves.

Where I sit before a big picture window
at a computer station,
I see these flowering bush things;
they are skinny trunks that blossom high at the top,
and the trunks grow in bunches,
and have a lot of bare branches.
Two squirrels chasing each other IN these skinny things.
And getting distracted by the blossoms.
And it is just too funny to watch --
they keep practically falling out of the flower bushes.
If they only knew how utterly silly they look ...


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Senoufou
Date: 28 Apr 20 - 12:45 PM

April has been exceptionally warm and sunny, but the land became terribly dry. Our village farmers were forced to irrigate their crops this week.
But today, it's been raining all day - wonderful! I can almost hear our garden heaving a sigh of relief.
Makes me think of that song by Ladysmith Black Mambaso, 'Beautiful Rain'!


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 28 Apr 20 - 12:39 PM

Sunshine in between rainstorms is a comforting thing.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 26 Apr 20 - 01:50 PM

Im April
thut das Wetter,
was es will ...


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 25 Apr 20 - 09:10 PM

Well, the wind still whistles through
trees with branches that are more or less bare.
But the wind, of late, has been a warmer, softer one;
and those branches
have little buds with tiny green leaves bursting out of them.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 30 May 19 - 03:06 PM

The new umbrella was delivered today. Lifetime guarantee,
not that I have ever had experience with that before,
not in an umbrella. We will see.

No rain has fallen today
even though the clouds overhead
totally look like rain.
The air doesn't have that sharp note of approaching rain in its odor;
it just feels and smells steamy humid.   


Outside the public library,
those tiny little purple flowers have opened up
which the bumblebees go crazy for.
The flowers are very new -- many buds have not fully opened.
Today, one single solitary bumblebee
was zooming around the flower plants in rapid circles
in between humping the blossoms.

But where there is one bumblebee,
there will be many many more.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 28 May 19 - 05:53 PM

it's the end of May,
and it's raining like the middle of April,
simply soaking.

Just ordered an umbrella.
My last umbrella was a cash-and-carry deal,
and did not age very well;
this umbrella is supposed to be better made. We'll see.
Anyway I'll have to get through the rain without it at the moment.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 24 May 19 - 09:52 PM

This morning I asked myself
why the wind sounds so different now.

But the answer on this windy day is plain to see.

I've been hearing a winter wind for months
driving its way through bare branches of bare trees.
That was more or less true six weeks ago.

But now it is the end of May,
and the maple trees outside the window are fully leaved,
and what a difference it makes
to the sound of the wind!


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 19 May 19 - 01:40 PM

And spring honestly is here.
There is more than enough steady, soaking rain.
The trees are a blinding new-leaved green:
in German they would say 'zartes Grün," tender green.

And the temperature is mild, with little wind.
Not summer
-- and positively NOT winter.

It won't last long, it never does in this day and age,
but spring is here none the less.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 13 May 19 - 08:56 PM

I have an electric mattress pad and an electric blanket.
The one time I went to the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival in New Hampshire, which is always the last weekend of September, I came downstairs after the first night and told the desk clerk that I'd kept turning up the heat but the room never got warmer. He said the heat hadn't been turned on for the winter yet! Of course the next night was cold, too, but I brought up a blanket I keep in my car. A friend has since told me she always travels with an electric blanket, which sounds like a good idea.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 13 May 19 - 02:59 PM

The 4th has been and gone,
and so has Cinco de Mayo,
and even Mother's Day is just past.

So what happens in eastern Massachusetts?
The better part of this coming week
is going to be more March -- the "like a lion" part --
than May.

Okay, no blizzards, but nights below freezing,
and the landlord has turned the heat off
in my apartment building. At least I think the manager has.

Fine, I'll break out the warm nightgown, the bed socks,
and pile on top of the bed
every blanket and coverlet I own ...

happens twice a year anyway, the night-without-heat transition.
I'll survive.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel
Date: 04 May 19 - 12:01 PM

May the 4th be with you


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 04 May 19 - 11:40 AM

its still bloody cold.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 01 May 19 - 05:19 PM

Heard from Senoufou/Eliza recently
who advised me
that the Mad Swans have yet to put in an appearance ...
wonder what happened.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 29 Apr 19 - 02:15 PM

I dearly miss Senoufou / Eliza
and her updates on
The Mad Swans and their cygnets,
waddling down the town road.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Joe_F
Date: 25 Apr 19 - 06:01 PM

April brings the sweet spring showers,
On and on for hours and hours.             -- Michael Flanders


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel
Date: 25 Apr 19 - 11:30 AM

:^/
I am allergic to Boston in the Spring. Red oak pollen seals my eyes shut. No red oak here.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 24 Apr 19 - 10:13 PM

Whereas I think I'm already rediscovering seasonal allergies!
Cough--sputter--sneeze--wheeze.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel
Date: 24 Apr 19 - 09:31 AM

It's Spring
and this lovesick lunatic
woke up this morning groaning and laughing
Breakfast tastes better I'm light as a feather
and my brain is as fresh as the rain.
Sure my calf is torn my head lightly aches
but my mind's delightfully awake.
I'm not fine but I sure am dandy
Each fragrant breath feels like peach brandy
Because it's Spring.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel
Date: 23 Apr 19 - 08:05 PM

I woke up the lawn mower after a winter of hibernation.

charge...clear...charge...clear pa dum pa dum padumdumdumdum brouwwwmmmm


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 23 Apr 19 - 02:29 PM

Blue sky for a change -- a bonus.
After all that rain
the trees and grass are loud with green,
and you ought to hear
the twilight choruses hereabouts.
There's more than
bellowing spring peepers now,
there are whistling bird calls in the mix
(grackles? blackbirds?).

I removed the combination snow brush / ice scraper
from the back seat of my sedan,
to put it in seasonal retirement in
the closet in the spare room.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel
Date: 22 Apr 19 - 04:24 PM

Azaleas are arriving in every color but blue
Daffodils are now all gone


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 22 Apr 19 - 02:21 PM

rain ... rain ... rain ...

hope the earthworms
have got enough oxygen somewhere ...


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 20 Apr 19 - 01:23 PM

A swallow arrived yesterday on the 19th. It looks like they have reset their clocks to be the same as last year, a week later than they used to arrive.

Robin


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