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Winding Up the Season

We missed frost earlier this week by a degree or two, just enough to clip the basil (basil is wussy that way ;-)), but tomorrow night should be definitive.   We’ve moved from steaming amber spice orchards (as the poet puts it) to “post-frost” quiet.  We brought the pumpkins in earlier this week, picked the…

First Things

The season cycled over the weekend – officially it is not quite spring, but in fact, spring now has a toe hold. Even if it goes back to chilly or even snows, the ground is too warm for it to last, by the end of an unusually warm week the grass will be green and…

The Change

“Did you look at the forecast?” “Is this it?” “Should we get them out?” My children keep asking, and I keep telling them that I think so, but that no one can know for sure. We are talking of the change in the weather, slated to begin today, warming us up from the last wave…

Something told the wild geese It was time to go, Though the fields lay golden Something whispered, “snow.” Leaves were green and stirring, Berries, luster-glossed, But beneath warm feathers Something cautioned, “frost.” All the sagging orchards Steamed with amber spice, But each wild breast stiffened At remembered ice. Something told the wild geese It was…

Peep!

Note: It hasn’t happened yet here, although we heard them down the hill in the valley yesterday. But we seem to be having an early spring, even though we’ve still got more than a foot of snow to melt off. I wrote this last year, and though the precise circumstances are different, the need for…