Monday, April 22, 2024

Frogsong and Budding Blossoms

Greetings, readers! How is April treating you? Here the month started with a literal bang when Mr. M's car was struck by another vehicle as he drove to work on April 1st. Though no one was hurt, he is - to quote Anne of Green Gables - "well in body although considerable rumpled up in spirit" as a result. We're still waiting for word from the insurance company as to the fate of his car.

The weather has been typically rollercoaster-like. We've gone from freezing one week to balmy 70-degree days the next, and back again, with occasional snow and ice to liven things up. Just now, the nights are frosty and the days are cool-to-middling, with cold, gusty winds tipping the balance towards cool. But spring is advancing by leaps and bounds; neighbourhood trees are bursting into bloom, and I picked the first small bouquet of violets this week:

The darling little doily is a cherished gift from 
Kay at Georgia Girl with an English Heart

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Here are some photos from my April walks and rides.

Early in the month, the loons come back to the local lake:

Red-twig dogwood seems to shine its brightest at this time of year:

Pollarded willows begin to look hazy with leaf: 

And the air is full of frogsong. From marsh and pool come the whistle and trill and occasional growl of a joyful amphibian chorus:

By mid-month, honeysuckle leaves have sprouted:

Tallulah gladly sniffs the breezes blowing across a nearby lake:

And we revel in spring-blue skies and the slow greening of the landscape:

The yearly miracle of fuzzy catkins never loses its thrill:

Deep-blue scilla dot shady streambanks:

And Iris waits with eternal patience while I snap photos on the bank below:

Now, as we enter the fourth week of April, wild serviceberry is in bud, hinting at the flowers to come:

And the first marsh marigolds are opening: 

It's an exciting time of year.

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In crochet news, I'm working on a new shawl pattern (here under the watchful eyes of the Gnomes of the Gnorth):

And preparing a tutorial for an upcoming free dishcloth pattern:

The days are just packed.

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What's blooming where you live?

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  1. Beautiful post sweet friend. Oh the country side is so lovely. Your shawl and dish cloth are beautiful. Thank you for always sharing your talents with us. Blessings to you always. ((hugs))

  2. Your spring looks lovely. I hope that your weather steadies down a bit.

    1. Thanks Tommy. I hope so too. I'm planning a bike commute tomorrow....

  3. I love the loons. Can't wait to hear these birds cry. We may fly to Canada for a visit this summer ... Can't wait for spring to arrive. I'm fed up with snow and cold. Your shawl is coming along nicely. Thanks for yarn in these grey times! As always, Regula

    1. I love the loons too. They have such a haunting cry. How exciting that you might visit Canada! If you were close enough to Wisconsin I would say come for a visit. I hope spring comes soon for you.

  4. So lovely to see you back on your bike with Tallulah! The frogs singing was so joyful and the blue Scilla and the Marsh Marigolds are just gorgeous! So nice to see your crochet and a new shawl too!
    When I visited my son in Canada a while back, I saw the loons on the water and just loved them!

    I'm so glad you still post on your blog, I was sad to see many bloggers just stop.

    1. Thank you, Sandra! The loons are so handsome, aren't they? I hope you had a pleasant visit to Canada.

      I'm sad to see the decline of blogging as well. I know it's harder for me to keep up than it used to be, and assume it's the same for others. But there's really no other way I enjoy expressing myself as much as with a blog. I'm glad to see you are blogging again.


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