I think spring is finally making an appearance. It has been beautiful here lately; sunny with temperatures reaching the 70’s. There’s still a bit of a nip in the air in the mornings and evenings, but the days are gorgeous. I have been enjoying running errands because I get to drive and look at the majestic Rockies; still covered in a blanket of white snow. When the day is sunny and the sky is the deepest blue, and there isn’t a cloud in the sky, the mountains are absolutely breathtaking. One cannot help but look and thank God for their beauty.
The trees in the backyard are beginning to show signs of life too. The aspen buds are blooming and revealing a little, furry flower. The red maple tree is unfurling its new leaves and amongst all the brown, dry, hard grass, I see little patches of green peeking through.
A sure sign of spring was at the meat market the other day; I came across fresh English peas in their pretty, green pods. I was so excited to see fresh peas in pods that I quickly grabbed a bag and filled it. They were just so beautiful (and delicious too.)
I entered my green pea picture in PicStory over at the Goodies for a Pleasant life blog. Check it out, it’s a very clever idea with pictures that tell stories. What better way?
I love winter time and the snow and the cold. I think that has a lot to do with growing up in London, but despite enjoying the cold weather, I am ready for everything to turn from grey to green. I long to hike the parks and trails, enjoy the myriad of beautiful, bright, coloured flowers and sit by the sparkling lakes that are fed by the ice cold, mountain streams.
|My daffodils from last spring|
I am ready to break in a new grill and do all my cooking outside. I am waiting eagerly for the farmers’ markets to open so I can let my imagination run wild; thinking of all the wonderful things I can do with this season’s bounty. I am ready to let go of stews and soups that have comforted me this cold winter and make room for colourful, refreshing salads and vegetables. Yes, I am ready for summer.
This summer is extra special because my beloved nephews, Jaffer and Azhar, are visiting me from their home in Canada. I am very excited for their visit because my oldest nephew, Jaffer, got married over the summer and I am dying to meet Ammara, his new bride. I was unable to attend their wedding because of my move to Colorado from Texas. It’s going to be a week long party! Fun, frolicking and food. I cannot wait.
In the meantime, I am hoping to get my herbs going in pots and do some container gardening. Trace is off from work all next week and I hope to drag him to the home centres to get some gardening supplies. I know he enjoys being outside and tending to the garden, so it shouldn’t be too hard to get him to go with me.
I have a nice, big, front porch which will be perfect for my flower pots and my herbs. I love having herbs by the front door because I love touching them as I go in and out and I love how the fragrance lingers on my fingers like some fine perfume. I was in Whole Foods today, picking up a couple of things and right by their front entrance they had their potted herbs ready for planting. Of course, I stopped and had to touch and smell all of them. Oh, they smelled so heavenly. Seeing all those beautiful plants has just got me even more antsy to get going with my planting. Next week.
Are you ready for spring and summer? What are you planning to do this spring and summer?