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March 18- down but not out

I’m aware, of course, that it’s still technically winter, so I wasn’t too surprised that yesterday was cold and gray, and wasn’t even too surprised to see some sort of unpleasant slushy-half snow dropping from the sky.  St. Pat’s day is kind of a big holiday in my family, so I was hoping for a nicer day, but being mid-March, you can’t exactly count on it.

But I must admit I was a bit surprised when I looked out my window this morning and saw this:Image

Kind of pretty, kind of just yukky and muddy.  I don’t know that the temperature ever dropped much below freezing, and by the time I stepped outside this morning, the ground was a soupy mess of melting snow and mud.  I was definitely thankful for those dealing with the cows or chickens or other essential outdoor jobs this morning, and even more thankful today was not my day to split wood or take care of the chickens.Image

The daffodils seemed depressed.  Can a flower be depressed?Image

This red-budded plant had just begun to flower outside of our dining hall.  Now it’s covered with snow.  Tomorrow, it will probably be 60 degrees and it will flower again.  March is odd.Image

I had a couple of tasks to take care of down in the courtyard.  On the way home, I took the ‘scenic route’ around the pond, enjoying the aesthetics of a wintry landscape that (with any luck) we won’t be experiencing again for quite a few months.Image

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March 13- March flowers

What was that quote about Frebruary showers?..

We’re starting to get a pretty nice floral display at Twin Oaks, one which will keep getting better over the next couple months.  The crocuses continue to bloom, and I’m spotting new patches, some that are just starting to flower and some that I’m just seeing for the first time.  The daffodils are starting to bloom all around the community, although it will still be a while before they peak.  The ground-smothering periwinkle ivy has started opening up into delicate purple flowers.  And, in a sure sign that spring is arriving, the cherry trees and bushes are starting to blossom.  The bush cherries in the Morningstar orchard opened just this morning, the first of the fruit trees and bushes at Twin Oaks to flower!Image

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March 9- two seasons in one day

 

Too warm to be winter, too much snow on the ground to be spring.  A bit of frost early in the morning, but soon it was all sorts of sunny and warm.  Outside in the sun this afternoon, people wearing t-shirts, people wearing no shirts, as the leftover snow continues to melt.  It says something about just how much snow fell on Wednesday that even after two warm sunny days there’s still pretty substantial snow cover, especially in the woods.  But the way it’s been lately, that surely won’t last long.

The daffodils have begun blooming around the community, even as the surrounding patches of snow disappear.  The crocuses are still going strong, having been only mildly inconvenienced by the snowstorm.Image

In my back yard, the green shoots of spring (I think these are irises) poke their heads through the lingering snows of winter…Image

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March 3– back at it…

Having taken a week off from my strolls in the woods, I went on a short outing this morning, to check up on the “state of the state,” if you will. This morning started out frosty (as has every morning recently), but was pretty pleasant by the time I got going. I can’t say much has changed out there, but all the same it was nice after a week hiatus to smell the woodsy smells, listen to the birdsy songs, all that good stuff.

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In the woods below Tupelo, I came across this weird black stuff growing on a downed branch, and also scattered on the ground nearby.  I’m not quite sure what it is, it didn’t smell like anything, and when I broke one of them open (see below), it defnitely appeared to be fungal in nature.  Weird.

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Later on, following a creekbed, I heard the sounds of tinkling, cascading water.  I looked around, but couldn’t locate the source– eventually, I found a little “cave” made up of a hollow spot under some tree roots, with water flowing out from underneath.  I reached my camera underneath, and took a photo of this cute little underground spring.Image

As I made my way back home, I crossed a recent clearing where we’re cutting back the woods to make room for a small fruit orchard.  Nothing has been planted yet, but rows of bare stick-like fruit trees and bushes are lined up in black plastic pots, waiting to go into the ground.  The trees have been cut as close to flush with the ground as possible, so there’s no stumps to trip over, I suppose.  I just liked the cool color patterns in the stump.

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Closer to home, I came across a field of daffodils, ever closer to blooming.  Although I’ve seen daffodils in flower in neighbor’s yards and in C’ville, the ones at Twin Oaks haven’t quite opened yet.  We have so many growing around here that, in a week or so, it’s going to be daffodil madness!

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Finally, I returned home through my backyard, looking for signs of seasonal progress since the last time I checked a week ago.  For the most part, everything’s still pretty dormant, but there has been noticeable bud growth in the buds of blueberry plants, which look as though they could open up at any minute.  Nice to see so many buds, looks like we’re going to have plenty of berries this summer– yum!

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Feb 14–cleanin’ the road (first of many)

Twin Oaks has for years been part of the “adopt-a-highway” program, and I’ve been the main person doing it for most of my twelve years here.  In our case, “adopt-a-highway” is a bit of a euphemism, as it’s more “adopt-a-little-used-rural-byway.” Once a month, I go out with a group of Twin Oaks visitors, walk the “half-block” of roads linking the community’s front and back entrances, and pick up the inevitable, regrettable, accumulation of garbage along the roadway.  I alternate sides, so I’m walking each side of the half-block once every two months– seeing the changes in the landscape as I repeated the same route was one of the experiences which inspired me to keep a daily journal.  This afternoon, we walked the Vigor Rd./Old Mtn. Road section, which is longer but more scenic, passing through sections of forest and past old farms.  It was a sunny but cool afternoon, very pleasant winter day for a 3-mile walk.

Blue skies and white horses on the Sadler Farm (our neighbor to the west)

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Another neighbor had blooming crocuses scattered through their yard, white and yellow ones, in contrast to the purple ones that are starting to come up everywhere at Twin Oaks

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The fields are still yellow with last years’ dead grass; the forests are still wearing their grey winter coat.  No change there.Image

At one point, we found this old bottle buried in the muck.  As I started to dig it out, I discovered a tiny terrarium world growing inside the bottle.  Decided to leave it where it was, a mini-greenhouse along the side of the road, trash having combined with nature to create art.  We also found: a cigar in a sealed wrapper, a candy cane also in a sealed wrapper, and an unopened Bud Lite.  Had ourselves quite a party when the road clean was finished!

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Further up, I came across this tree, which looks like a fish or dinosaur head or something.  As it’s just a few steps off of the road, I’ve been enjoying seeing this tree for years.

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Near the end of the day’s walk, I came across this bloom of daffodils in a neighbor’s front yard.  February 14th, a traditional day of flowers, and definitely the first daffodils I’ve seen so far this year.Image