This is a strange year. Like most of you, I’ve been spending far more time than usual at home, inside, seeing almost no one apart from my husband. I’ve wasted time and saved my sanity by reading, baking brownies and doing jigsaw puzzles.
The weather has been strange too. Spring came about two weeks earlier than usual but overall the month has been cooler than normal. This means that snowdrops came early and are only now, a month later, beginning to fade.
I picked the first daffodils on April 12, the earliest I can remember, but the cooler weather that followed stopped their development. Stopped them short, I could say, since many are now blooming on shorter-than-normal stems. On the positive side, unless the weather suddenly heats up, I can anticipate a month or more of blossoms yet to come.
Saturday was wonderfully warm and sunny and I took advantage of the weather to check out how things were doing in the woods. Much to my surprise and delight, the wild garlic was up, colouring the floor of the woods with its bright green leaves.
I didn’t have a shovel but with the help of a stick I found, I dug up a few.
Wildflowers are beginning to bloom, including colt’s foot (Tussilago farfara) alongside the road.
These tiny bulbs haven’t bloomed in a few years but are now lighting up a dark spot near the front door.
Stuck at home and with cold and unpredictable weather — we had snow on April 10! — I’ve cleaned out cupboards and finally, after ten years, am tackling the boxes of family memorabilia stacked in the barn.
The barn isn’t the only place that needed attention. Winter ice on the lake wrecked havoc on our dock, damaging all the top boards beyond repair. We’ve removed those and will replace them soon.
We built a new bench for the Sundial Clearing, part of Timelines, and once the words are burned into the wood, we’ll put it in place.
I’m still searching for the right stone to use to replace the tall pine tree whose shadow marked the hours. But that job will have to wait until our local quarry re-opens.
What’s keeping you busy and sane during these tough times?