Living Vicariously As A Peripatetic Shutterbug

{ More musings from the Cantankerous Old Mule }

Hold on, what? It’s spring already?

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, spring officially starts on March 19 or March 20 this year. According to a French news report though, spring sprung on the 1st of March, and will official transition to summer at midnight on May the 31st (meteorologically-speaking, that is.). The same news bulletin also reported that Europe has just enjoyed the warmest winter in a century. And it’s clear to see.

Although Belgium was pretty cold all of a sudden when I visited for a week, you could see that nature was convinced it was time to spring forth in a crescendo of colour. My family’s much-visited garden was shaking off the browns of winter, with fresh green shoots and colourful buds muscling their way into the pasty sunlight.

This is the home I knew so well back in the 1980s, and the garden I spent much time in.

And then there is François’ pride and joy: the orchid glasshouse, which opens directly onto the dining area. When I lived in the house as a teenager, I was always amazed at the creeper-covered ceiling. Previously the ceiling started developing mould, because of the hot, humid conditions the orchids need to grow, but the creeper seems to thrive as it absorbs a lot of that moisture. My mould-lined lungs don’t allow me to hang out in the room for a long; just long enough to appreciate the beauty.

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7 comments on “Hold on, what? It’s spring already?

  1. madasue
    March 7, 2016

    What are those roots/tubers in the baskety thing?

    • Robin
      March 7, 2016

      You’re kidding right? Like I would know that! 🙂

  2. kvennarad
    March 7, 2016

    Freezing cold here, a few snowdrops, fewer crocuses…

    • Robin
      March 7, 2016

      This season has been very weird… Here in Europe, anyway.

  3. Innervoice
    March 7, 2016

    Awesome pictures!!!!

  4. Mabel Saul
    March 11, 2016

    Lovely pictures!!!! Spring? wow we are battling with heavy rains here.

    • Robin
      March 11, 2016

      Well, all I can say is, enjoy all the rain! It’s better than drought, that’s for sure!

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