Thursday, April 12, 2018

such a day...

The one April day that stands out as the grand belle of them all. A day not to be wasted. A day to hold in your pocket for all those other times when the world around you seems so drab and dull and relentlessly winter-like.

On this day, I felt we could take breakfast to the porch!

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Our idea of heaven is to eat a morning meal here, studying the landscape that unfolds before us.

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By late morning it's 60F (15C). I am working in the fields. Pull out all the stops -- this is the one day when I can get things done!

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Weed, dig, prune, chip -- all of it.

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Ed tells me later (possibly feeling there was a bit of inequity in our efforts out there): you worked really hard today. Yes I did!

Today is also the day I spot the first blooms at the farmette: Siberian Squill. Pure loveliness, underneath the grand maples.

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It's a day to suggest a walk to the playground after school for Snowdrop.

Back and forth on the swing. She just does not get tired of it. Ever.

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At the farmette, we examine the emerging blue flowers...

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And inside, she rediscovers a book that grabbed her attention exactly a year ago. But on this reading, she understands so much more of its subtleties...

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My grandgirl is lively today. Ed says she is always very lively, always preferring a run over a walk, but it seems to me that the upswing in the weather has energized her, in the same way that it has energized all of us.

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Evening. She is about to be picked up. I take out supper ingredients for dinner.
What's that?
Spinach. (Today marks the last delivery of our CSA winter spinach. If there is any reason to really miss winter it's this -- the loss of the excellent, sweet sweet winter spinach. Snowdrop likes it too, though in less copious amounts than me!)

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Sweet girl goes home... I turn to the much neglected today little chicks.
Well now, out again!

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I forgive them. It was a day for the great outdoors!