Tuesday, May 22, 2018


If you sequester yourself inside just because the day is gray, sticky and uninviting,  then you may miss the spell of sunshine and warmth that appears unexpectedly.

And what if that spell of sunshine isn't a brief spell after all? What if it decides to stay with you all afternoon long, despite dire predictions of clouds, fog, drizzle and all combinations of an otherwise bleak day? I'm just trying to say that you should always consider the possibility of a good outcome. Not all predictions of gloom are going to be accurate.

One short sentence says it all: we were to have an overcast day. And then, boom! Just as I left to pick up Snowdrop at school, the sun poked through, eventually pushing all clouds aside.

I could spend many words describing this wonderful transformation, but I think I'll let the photos tell the story.

Early morning. Green, lush, damp. A deer comes over to consider the possibilities.

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The young chicks find their way in between clumps of flowers.

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All is green. It's that time when there are few blooms. But oh, who could doubt that we have an abundance of flowers?!

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A last clump of tulips:

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And now the sun comes out -- just as I am picking up the girl. We walk over to the playground!

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How many times have I wheeled her over here in the last three years? One hundred? More?

This year, blowing off the dandelion seeds from a puff is a piece of cake!

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Pause for a pain au chocolat snack.

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The skies are so blue! The colors -- so magnificent!

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Snowdrop is hugely expressive. It's funny that she is such a chatterbox. She hardly needs words to tell you what she is feeling.

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At least half of our afternoon is spent in the farmhouse. And I do have one photo from this lively indoor period.

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But honestly, in so many ways, our day belongs to our time out in the sunshine today. You could say that each and every one of us benefited from the unexpected surprise of sunshine and gloriously blue skies.

(Here's a late day photo of all our animals pals: old cheepers, young chicks, and Stop Sign.)

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Oh, and then there's the two of us...

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Delighting in all of it.