Really?

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Wasn’t it supposed to be spring? I find it beautiful in its own way but one of my friends is ┬ádepressed. It’s not just the weather – she is dealing with family trauma that goes all the way back to the Maoist revolution – but the cold, wet snow is exacerbating the problem. For the sake of all Edmontonians who are suffering from SAD, I hope we see some green buds open soon.

White Easter

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It didn’t stop snowing for two days so it’s too mucky to go outside. Even the resident rabbit shook his paws in disgust as he waded through the mush. I don’t have any rubber boots so my only contact with nature is sipping tea by this orchid and looking out at the myriad shades of glittering white.

Team Work

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There has been a spring role reversal in my family. I always grab a rake while the snow is still on the ground eager to see plants come out. This year, with a couple of crises flaring up, I was particularly lazy. To my and the garden’s delight, my husband cleared everything out to perfection. Now I can walk around leisurely and take pictures of the spring shoots. Thank goodness for that antiquated institution of marriage.

Garden Delicacy

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Even this Robin has decided to forego his usual feast of worms and has been here all morning munching on rotten apples. I don’ t know if there is a single bird in the neighbourhood who hasn’t tried our crabapple delight. I tried them myself last summer and they were the most foul tasting crabapple ever. Yet, there are other apple trees in the neighbourhood and I don’t see any birds on them. Ours must be special. I think that I will try to make some crabapple jelly this summer just to see what the fuss is about.

Tree of Life

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This small crabapple tree with rotten apples is host to an awful lot of critters. Every time I look at it another bird or squirrel is feeding on its fruit or picking something delicious out of the bark. I am almost tempted to try it myself as it seems to be the neighbourhood gourmet diner.