March 31st, 2020
The last day of March, and this diffident month has
gone out like a gentleman!!
A nice day, - sunny and fraught with the promise of spring.
Green grass, - five small tulips, one daffodil
and a lawn awash with violets.
Just as I finished my lunch
my son-in-law came to tell me
that there were deer in the meadow
across from the back yard fence.
If I still moved "in a flash"
I would have been out the door that quickly.
But even though I moved more slowly
there they were...
two lovely dark deer
I am not sure why their coats are dark
but it probably has something to do with
They had come up from the dry creek bed,
through the bushes that line their home ---
wherein the sap rises
and the bushes are beginning
to have that lovely rosy spring glow.
I have been told that there is a little fawn, as well
but I have not seen him/her yet.
Just as I have not seen a Robin this spring...
Lots of chickadees, but I watch in vain
for a sweet red breast.
My son tell me that the orchard is full of them,
up on the hill.
I remember that Charles and I used to watch them in the spring,
as they crowded into the fruit trees
where the fermented apples hung, unpicked.
So I suppose that's where they are now!!!
Tippling at the bar!
(This, of course, is a more sedate robin
but I was not able to get a picture of the rowdy sippers)
When Bruce and I came in
I was faced with half a dozen tea towels
which had been washed and pressed
and their hems turned up with a hot iron,
but still lacking the stitching to ensure
the hems stayed in place!!!
Here they are off the loom
and stretched out in the hallway,
flanked by the rest of the winter's weaving
and before they were cut apart.
I started hemming while I watched the news
but was soon dissuaded from this
as the news, as usual, was so depressing.
It pays only to indulge in the
news the bulbs and the new flowers bring, -
that spring is approaching as usual
and despite how we mess things up
nature will have her way with us, eventually!
in spite of all the weirdness
it is still a wonderful world!!
And we still have fickle April to advance
us into May, that glorious month........