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It’s a little bit funny, this feeling inside…….

The snow has melted and left us with these feelings of expectation. Each day we look for the signs. We scrutinise the grass for sprouts of green and dig around the shrubs just in case new life might be hiding there. The temperatures are deceptive. We are teased with blasts from the polar vortex followed by the odd warm spring day. But we don’t mind as the warm days are such a reprieve. We have bravely packed away all the heavy coats right to the back of the closet. It is a point of no return!

Nature reminds us that new life is on its way. We spotted the sleek mink at the bottom of our garden. It dived excitedly into the clear river and inspected the bounty of food. Tiny minnows darted for cover. The graceful creature swam with purpose and was soon sunning himself on the rocks, content and delighted with his discovery. Not sure where Mrs Mink was hiding out as she was missing out on all the fun. Through the winter we would often see the tell-tale signs of tracks up from the river into our back garden. One of those was the Eastern Cottontail rabbit. It has been around throughout the winter and provided much amusement in an otherwise seemingly lifeless vista. According to Germanic myth Eostre, the goddess of spring, created a rabbit by transforming a bird. Ever since this unusual conception, all rabbits and hares have laid eggs during the week of Easter to thank Eostre and to celebrate their ancestry.

Our cheeky Easter bunny

Our cheeky Easter bunny

Our graceful mink

Our graceful mink

See I’ve forgotten if they’re green or blue….

Our regular pair of Mallard ducks are back and have been setting up a nest for the new arrivals. The handsome male with his luminescent green head is a sight to behold! His head catches the filtered light through the leafless trees. He waddles up and down gathering twigs unaware of the human appreciation. Every now and again he looks up as if to keep an eye out for Red Tailed Hawk. He is splendid with his large frame of about 60 centimeters. This king of the food chain reigns in our back yard and sends many shudders down the backs of our array of ‘kleinwild.’ The vocal and fearless Red Squirrel stamps his feet and flicks his tail. The hawk does not flinch as he knowingly takes in this tiny pile of cheek…..all of 250 grams of body weight. He gets away with it as the hawk realises that this little creature is but a mere aperitif!

The Mallard couple

The Mallard couple

A scrap of cheek....

A scrap of cheek….

King of all he surveys....

King of all he surveys….

And you can tell everybody this is your song
it may be quite simple, but now that it’s done
I hope you don’t mind, I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words
How wonderful life is now you’re in the world.

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

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There were rabbits on our lawn today!  They scurried around the daffodils taking in all the new spring growth. Josh watched from his perch in the lounge bay window and his jaw quivered. The garden beckons me and appears soft and inviting in the morning light.

The signs of spring

 

Can you believe we have carted in 3 tons of topsoil over the last few days? My muscles complain as I think about this last Easter weekend. Please, no more dirt! We have raked, spread and lifted. I stretch out my stiff legs and notice my newly varnished pink pedicure gleaming from my sandals. It is hardly warm enough to skip about in this foot attire, but the thought of summer footwear is just too enticing to resist. Gone are the snow boots, walking boots and the warm granny ones too. It is time to pull out all that is light and strappey! The garden boots still get the green light and have a honoured position in the entrance hall.

The front doors are once more adorned with spring flowers, floating ribbons and Easter eggs. Window boxes and front door pots have been titivated with new summer colour. A new design for our front garden is being implemented and the men in the house have transplanted the misplaced shrubs. This is back- breaking work and I thank God that I have 3 gorgeous healthy men who encourage my gardening exploits. My terracotta pots, which were brought over in the container, form part of my African corner. They had to spend the winter in the basement but will soon be brimming over with summer annuals.  The well traveled ‘maalklip’ mirrors the reflection of our resident robin. He busily collects up all the earthworms that have popped up to the new fertile surface.
There is a sense of urgency as everyone gets their gardens ready for the short Canadian summer. It is still too cold for the young plants so we play the waiting game. A few indoor seeds for the veggie patch will have to suffice. This gives us a bit more time to relax and enjoy the leftover chocolate and hot cross buns.

Relocating shrubs......we know how they feel!

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