We are already seeing our way through the magical month of April. Although I call my birthday month, November, magical because I feel like it belongs to me and powerfully marks when I was born: March and April in Manitoba are diverse in a way you couldn’t believe if you didn’t visit or live here. The proverb about March is: “In like a lamb, out like a lion” or the reverse and I can tell you that it is true! If it starts out warm, even with snow melting; temperatures dip later. Spring and summer enthusiasts hope for the reverse.
I love warm weather and am a garden-lover but wildlife-lovers appreciate and treasure all months. There are birds and tableaux we only see in winter and we have to say, a reduction in neighbour’s dogs and kids being out. We value quiet. Rain and any inclement weather protects us similarly, freeing us to open windows, be outside, and read in peace. We believe our neighbour is convinced to finally try anti-bark training collars so we are never blasted again, when we chat aloud and step out our doors.
April has the final word on the metamorphosis of our seasons, capable of surprising us even more. We awaken to different sketches of the landscapes of our home every day! We have hit +20C, which is already summer weather and I have indeed sat in the sun wearing shorts. Pine siskens are still with us and purple finches and juncos were only away briefly. The robins and black birds are back too, perennial flowerbed plants have been growing, the grass was well on its way to being green. Our earliest three kinds of frogs have been singing strongly right until last night: wood frogs, peepers, and Borealis chorus frogs. Today? Have a look at this beautiful, graceful surprise and sparkling energy. One more time, the birds, cats, and I can play and delight in this very special blanket.
You are seeing a dry, budding Manitoba receive 30 centimetres of snow in one day! This is the magic and surprise of April’s final word on winter changing to spring. How does it look where you live today? Share a link to small or medium phographs (this is slow-speed internet). Explain the climate and geography of your home! I am in Southern Manitoba, in central Canada but also called Western Canada or the prairies. Prairieland and marshland abound, even in our cities but there is lots of forestland too and that is where I live. Our hardiness zone for gardening is 3, which means we dare not plant gardens before mid-May but we go ahead with cool weather or early-blooming vegetables, like peas, the first week.
In the country and in the forest, there is always a beautiful animal to welcome and a beautiful scene to see. We keep our property free of a junk-looking environmen that we see elsewhere. We established one place for piling and storing things out-of-doors. It is behind our second building, our workshop & library. You see no clutter unless you walk up to our one storage zone. We’re striving to eventually say the same about our small house but all around us outside, I am so proud and inspired by how free and natural it stays.
This week is Earth day and this spring, Ron & I will again plant extra flowers to help strengthen our province’s colonies of bees. Gladdening your heart and helping little creatures has a much more powerful purpose than smelling and looking lovely. Any of your own love and colour that you add to the world, even in pots that you can set upon doorsteps or apartment balconies; matters a great deal.
In apartment life before we left the city, Ron & I took tremendous pleasure in leaving a tin pie plate full of birdseed for the house sparrows common to cities and our two elder cats, who have moved with us, were thrilled to see them too. Give city kitties something to look at and don’t worry about them catching birds if you let them rush outside to the balcony. Sparrows are fast! :) I visited and brought as much nature as we could to our city life and am thrilled to be where nature densely lives now. I would love to hear about the nature you protect and boost around your homes.
I am loving this weather today and the junkos and other birds seem to be playing around in it delightedly. Our six cats are sticking indoors! Go figure: they were born and raised in this province as much as us and our eldest is a snowshoe Siamese, no less! McCartney is hanging out with me and peeking at the door with me frequently while I take pictures and enjoy the view. Our sixteen year-old always has been our most playful kitty, although I did encourage Spirit, Marigold, and Petal to relax in our library building; which meant walking down our snowy sidewalk. Happy spring, whatever it’s stage at your place!