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Spring!

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AAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!! It’s here! Spring is officially here! I think I heard the forest surrounding our house audibly sigh this morning. Maybe. I certainly know we three Englishes are most welcome for the change of seasons. Although I adore my wood stove, I have to say, the romance was fading fast these past few weeks….

I’m off to pick Huxley up from Starseed. Thursdays are “soup day” and he brought parsnips to contribute to the pot this morning (he kept calling them ” ‘Snips, ‘snips!!!”). They’re having a little spring equinox celebration there today. I am beyond grateful to have found this little gem of a place! The fact that it is located on the mountain ridge directly behind our property makes it all that much more magical in my eyes.

Happy, happy spring to you, wherever you are, with much love from our home to yours.

6 Responses to Spring!

  • Terry Lillie says:

    Spring has arrived in Iowa too!! Sunny day, green poking through the soil, cats lounging outdoors……..ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! I agree about the romance of a wood stove and winter, it is OVER! :) Spring Blessings to you and your family.

  • Michelle says:

    Spring, 3 feet of snow on the ground, but still so happy it is spring! Ah, life in northern Wisconsin! Love it though.

  • rae says:

    the snips were a delightful contribution! quite the little avid chopper you have there! :)

  • Molly says:

    Spring equinox, certainly, spring flower, yes. Hope the weather complies, too.
    Are those ramps coming up?

  • KC says:

    Snow drops and wild strawberries! I’m very happy for you. I feel the same way when the first summer monsoon storm rolls around! We wait more or less all of April, may and June for rain.