Spring in the new house cont’d…

Today has been an absolutely gorgeous day – the first time in a while that we actually got into the double digits.  I’m thinking we may be good for the spring now, and continuously getting better and better when it comes to temperature!  We spent the day wandering around.  I was hoping to take some photos, but due to some inflamation of my ribs, I can’t walk well, let alone pick up a camera.  Hopefully that will change this evening, and maybe I can do some night shots by the lake…. but we’ll see. I also was supposed to do some outdoor maternity photos with one of my cousins, which I’ve postponed till next week.  I have some great ideas for that, so I hope the weather on Thursday is just as great at today’s!

Here are a couple more from the photos I took the other day out in my yard.  The previous owners left some junk at the back of the lot, and I enjoyed seeing where plants are able to grow out of.  Just some old brick and plastic bags, and here they are, popping out of the ground and right through them.  Hope your enjoying today as much as I am!

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Spring in the new House

Since we moved in August of last year, I missed all the wonder that comes with spring.  You know – seeing the first flowers to bloom, the birds finding material to make their nests, everything something fresh again.  I love getting out there every year, and seeing what is popping up.  I had these beautiful tulips I planted in the front of the old house, and looked forward to seeing them every spring:

little-tulip

parrot-tulip

So, needless to say I was very excited at going outside every day since the first day of spring at our new place, just to see what would be showing up for me to enjoy.  I’d step out my front door, look at my neighbours with their daffodils, tulips, grape hyacinth, and crocuses, and quickly run around the bushes that frame our walkway, joyfully gazing upon… dirt! What the heck?! There are no flowers of any kind!  I have two leaves from two tulip plants, so I’m still keeping fingers crossed that I’ll have at least two tulips.  But who doesn’t plant spring flowers?! Explains the large expanse of grass – no, field – in our backyard, and nothing else there either.  The positive out of my disappointing spring? I get to plant bulbs this fall, and look forward to an awesome spring next year!

I got around last night to cleaning the evergreen branches out of the planters, which was my winter decor (should’ve taken photos first, duh!).  In the process, I came across a little snail, so of course I took advantage of the little light I had left, and ran to get my camera.  Here are merely a couple of the ones I took (I think I ended up with close to 200, the downside to burst mode on the camera – a dozen of the exact same photo), along with a photo of the neighbours crocuses.  At least I got to revel in a little bit of spring!

Challenge of the Week – 50 Steps from Home or Work

Another blogger, Sherene, has a challenge she started for herself, that she has now opened to others to join in on. You can find out information in the section titled, “52 Pick Up” – this is a great challenge to pick up new skills, and I thought I would join in on this. So, every Saturday, I will be posting up my photos for the pictures of the week.

This week, the challenge is to take photos 50 steps from your home or work. I took the camera out late yesterday afternoon, and found some trees and bushes budding just at the edge of my house (I can’t believe how little you move away in 50 steps!). So, here are my photos of spring buds. I love the spring, because it brings so much promise with it, and I love to gather these peeks of what’s to come in photos.

This is a nine bark bush that I planted last spring. This is my first year seeing the buds come out, and they are such a fragile pink and dark green, such a contrast against eachother:

A little further along, there was a tree starting to bloom (no idea what kind), which when seen up close had this wonderful fuzzy look to the branch and budding leaves. It felt just as soft as it looked.

Hope you enjoy this peek into things to come!