Well, despite my love of hot chocolate, wood stoves, handmade quilts, movie nights, snowshoeing (not that I did any this year), and, of course, Christmas, it felt like this winter would never end.
But it has!
I've been missing for quite some time because April was a wildly busy month due to some rather unexpected community involvement, and then during May, at various points each of the children was sick, as was I, and my love was away in Halifax for two weeks so I got a taste of the single parenting that so many island ladies are undertaking when their spouses are out west.
However, I'm back at this blogging thing, and I thought that to announce that I am still among the living, I'd share a couple of quick snaps as evidence that our beautiful island has emerged from the 540+ cm of snow (yes, that's almost 18 feet).
|A rather blurry photo of Clintonia borealis, of which we have a large patch in the woods. I've been hearing ovenbirds so have been hoping that they might be attracted to the cover on the forest floor here!|
|The flowers for false lily-of-the-valley (Maianthemum canadense) haven't just come out yet but I love their delicate and dainty nature.|
|So this is the far less native and more intrusive lily of the valley, which I nonetheless appreciate. Especially covered in raindrops!|
|I don't care where forget-me-nots pop up, they make me incredibly happy. The kids love them, I love them, and they make adorable mini-bouquets all through the house!|
|Who doesn't love the happy smiling faces of pansies! My vegetable-hating children think that it's cool that you can eat them, so I plan to put them in salads this spring and summer in the hopes of enticing them to eat something photosynthetic.|