It is May now. It has been a pretty sunny week. We had some rain last weekend and after that there has been the scent of green grass in the air! The first dandelion flowers have come out as well.
Glory of the snow flowers. Aaand, but it has not snowed in May, yet. 😀
It was the warmest day of the year so far on Tuesday. It was 16 degrees Celsius in the daytime and it was not windy. I was sitting on the grass in our garden, by the woods. It was wonderful…
Solar power in our greenhouse as well.
Night owls´garden light the other night…
And yesterday I saw a hedgehog for the first time this year late in the evening. It was getting pretty dark and we came across each other by a tub/container where we collect rainwater so suddenly that I frightened him and he frightened me. 🙂
Full moon was coming my way, too…
The first thing today… I went to the greenhouse to open the windows. The greenhouse was heated up to 10 degrees Celsius at night, because it was too cold in the nighttime. It was a bit over 30 degrees Celsius inside the greenhouse with the sunlight in the morning, as seen in the pic above.
I had to water our cherry tomato plants, they already were all too dry…
Outside, garlic has been growing since March.
Those grapes… The first small grape hyacinths this year.
It is 13 degrees Celsius, nicely a bit warmer again today.
So what it´s been for many weeks now: First everything was normal, and then… The shit and the fan and toilet paper, don´t-wanna-go-to-the-library, washing the skin off your hands, social distancing, self-isolation, sleet and hail, too much news, anxiety, sunshine and pretty warm weather, coltsfoot flowers, snow and sleet, too much news, plants growing, cold weather, snow, anxiety and fear, flies, must-go-to-the-grocery-store-anxiety, washing the skin off your hands, stress, butterflies, a ladybug and bumble bees, hope, snow and too much news, sleet, wind, hail, sunshine, hope, Very windy weather every day, pretty warm weather for two days, sunshine, hailing like crazy (every day), sunshine, The fear of False Hope…
So the crocus leaves, daffodil leaves and tulip leaves started to emerge in March, usually we see them later in April and in May. We did not have permanent snow cover this year…..
Crocus flower buds in April. By the way, I haven´t been taking too many pictures lately, but there´s at least some snapshots in this blog post now anyway.
And so, just for the record: I saw the first butterflies, brimstonebutterflies, on March 25th, the first coltsfoot flowers on April 6th, the first hepatica flowers on April 17th and the first wood anemone flowers on April 28th.
The first ladybird here this year, outside our greenhouse in late March when we had some warmer days. We usually see the first butterflies and bumble bees here later in April and ladybirds maybe in May.
A squirrel it was in April. We have seen the busy guy here many times. 🙂
´Gaining ground´… We both did this, and I couldn´t raise my hands for a while after using this machine. Those muscles. 😀 (And those solar panels work for the garden shed.)
I had sunglasses on me, it was nice and warm, it was not windy, it was pretty silent, only birds were singing, butterflies were flying in the woods – it looked like a fairy tale, I was sitting on the garden bench and I was leaning against the wall of our house, I felt like I was in another planet… And then it occurred to me: “This must be the feeling… So many people go to a foreign country… to feel this…” …
I started washing the greenhouse. It was great fun!
Well, lots of things to do at home, Everything in the house and outside, in the garden, in the greenhouse, the yard, the garden shed… By the way, the last time I posted something on my Instagram was on December 6th, I think. – Just saying this to myself…
The greenest guy in the house, the green huntsman spider again, this was in our living room in late March. We saw him often!
We have and have had pretty many crocus flowers this year, a bit hear and there in the garden, it was so cold that these were not open yet at the time of my morning coffee in the middle of the day. It was sleeting a bit again yesterday.
Okay, my boyfriend just said: “It just sleeted again, but now the sun is shining.” So it sleeted today again, I didn´t notice, I don´t have time for everything. 😀 Wait… now I see it… or something – it´s hailing, and the sun is shining at the same time. Springy!
The first daffodil flowers…
by the woods… 🙂
And of course we have these glory of the snow… flowers.
Okay, should I call this now `quarantine poetry´, or what…? Anyway, I came up with this story / poem on Wednesday, and wrote it on Wednesday and yesterday.
Sunshine in the early spring, a peaceful serene day How peppy, you´ll see, a hare is hopping amidst the dry hay Time to rest, for a wanderer, by a pond the scenery´s mellow A little stream, the sound you seek, when you do not miss the snow.
A campfire feels like home, she looks up at the tall trees Evening falls. The forest, the stories... Write now, no one sees! - A cheerful greeting - Then a quiet leaving. She says smiling "That was an owl." What you do not see is there to be sought, playing a meaningful role.
Moss all around, the campfire, the scents, out there is no light Flames dance in the air, the words, expect nothing, then feel the might At night, stand guard, the fire, pen and paper, oh, how the day is old Be curious. The hoot - ask yourself what it told.
Embers, morning´s cold, thoughts are fresh on paper, the day´s birdsong, fair She steps out of the woods, it´s so bright in a field, now into the woods hops the hare Nature has its rhythm, wisdom in the moment, the best now is the spring The road goes on, she stops "On second thoughts...", back to the woods she heads and starts to sing.
It is a sign of spring! – We heard the blackbird sing for the first time this year here on Monday evening this week. It sounded like magic. 🙂
Swans, too, have been loud, by the lake, lately. We usually hear them in the evening and/or at night. Yesterday for example they were quiet in the evening, but at around 2 am then, they were very loud again.
The first five pics on Thursday:
Morning! It had been snowing / sleeting just a bit again…
That did not last long, it was +5 degrees Celsius again in the afternoon:
The little oak tree still has some of its leaves.
Yesterday, on Friday:
No snow good morning!
But it was windy again in the daytime.
Garden campfire in the evening. We have had campfires in the garden lately as we have been building the garden shed…
And late in the evening it suddenly started to snow when I was standing by the fire. It was Real cold winter snow, and for a while it came down like here in the pic above.
It´s still -1 degrees Celsius, and it´s (enough) windy again as well.
The shed. Plank by plank… We have been building this garden shed, now there´s the roof and the walls. This has been a lot of work and fun. 🙂
I have wanted to do this since Christmas – to write a story or a poem (necessarily needs to rhyme :p ), the kind that I could immediately publish here in my blog. Yesterday I finally had the time and everything to both come up with a story and to write it.
Late-winter night, wise and bold, The secrets it might hold... Two moose are wandering in a field, the moon is bright tonight The scenery is pale in white, still, a meaningful sight.
Three deer are standing in the field, listening side by side A hare is leaping in the forest, there is no need to hide Snow starts falling from the trees, the deer flee, the hare looks up and stops, Frozen moss beneath his paws, more snow falls down, he hops.
A fox is running in the snow, now swiftly past the trees A black figure is watching from the shadows, everything he sees, A swish, then a croak, oh look, it is a raven The pine forest for the bird is a sublime haven.
Sunshine in the morning about the spring us tells Birds are chirping around a frozen pond, the scene is like softly ringing bells A long road between the fields, it is daytime, a light and an easy pace, A wanderer humming to herself, a happy and thoughtful face.
In the evening, in the forest - Hush -
The sound of a campfire and a stream somewhere near Dusk. She closes her eyes and listens, thinking "That´s an animal, I can hear..." A rustle and the sound of a creature hopping, the campfire is so nice and warming All this is beautiful, familiar and wild, curious, forever charming.
I´m not gonna talk about that white stuff (snow) now.
It was wonderfully sunny on Thursday and yesterday…
In our garden yesterday:
In the greenhouse:
This was flowering black-eyed Susanvine last summer.
Ivy plants green in the greenhouse!
And pics today:
By the way, this mug and that mug in the beginning of this blog post, and a cup or two more… I found them all on Thursday in two different second hand shops, again, on the spots where they give their remaining stuff for free, and the mugs are like new. Always funny… 🙂
Outside it was sleeting into my coffee mug…
Birds were chirping loudly…
`A lot on the plate´again… Well, don´t we all have. About just reading… I have been reading some Japanese which is interesting and I have also been reading some professional literature in order to ´get my level up´ and by that I mean that I´m of course (?) on the lowest level, so to speak, so there´s only one way to go from here and therefore I ought to be quite excited about things, I guess… :p
And now it´s raining… “Okay, bye!”
And sleeting again a bit later… It´s been sleeting many different times today.