“Every spring is the only spring – a perpetual astonishment.” ~Ellis Peters
We are coming off a gorgeous weekend here in Toronto! It’s as though Spring arrived. Like so many other places, spring has been a reluctant visitor. Only tentatively letting herself be known. Winter, it seems, wasn’t ready to make room for the new resident!
How cold has it been? Well, one friend still had her wee toddler bundled up in snow pants to go to daycare – the mornings have just been so cold. I found this quote from Dickens, describing March, which far more aptly described April, all of it, so far:
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. ~Charles Dickens,Great Expectations
Well, except that it’s felt like winter in the shade AND in the sun..until this weekend. This was a weekend for spring dresses and patio-sitting (with a sweater!) and baseball in the park. It’s been strolling weather. No rushing required to get out of the cold. Just an easy pace. Ahhh, who said it, ‘Spring, at last’!
At least, I’m hoping, It’s Spring, at last!
And, wherever you may be (in the Northern Hemisphere, of course), I’m hoping you’ve been getting more than just a glimpse of lovely springtime, too.
P.S. I have to confess when I found the wonderful quote above about ‘perpetual spring’ I did not know Ellis Peters. I looked him up…er, her, that is. Ellis Peters was the pseudonym of Edith Mary Pargeter. Ms. Pargeter began her working life as a pharmacist’s assistant. Then, she served in the Women’s Royal Navy Service for five years in WWII and then, became an author of, among many things, the Brother Cadfael mystery series. I knew of the Cadfael series, but clearly, didn’t know much about its author. The year before she died in 1995, Ms. Pargeter was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. Just a bit of interesting background for you on this, yes, Spring, day!
+++ It’s been a little
bumpy, this shift from winter to spring. Snow falls. Wind whistles.
Mitts are still a must. It is March. If it were May, this
would actually be an issue. But, it’s March..the bumpy month! And,
I should be making my peace with it. But, for some reason, this
year, I’m impatient for spring. I’ve had just about enough of my
winter coat and boots. I don’t know if I can take another
photograph of winter. And, I just don’t want to be cold
anymore! Not one to wish time away, I am trying to practise
savouring what is. So, today, I had a hot chocolate. Not your
average spring drink. But, it warmed me up. And, helped me to
savour the expanse of spring sky – bumpy spring sky – by the lake.
On this day when the sun sets, not on a single day, but on an entire year, and when the tide goes out on the old and comes in again with the new…on this special occasion of change and transition, I send wishes for wonder and joy in 2013. For health and well being. For prosperity and peace.
For all the good that’s come by this way and for all the good that’s yet to come, I am so grateful.
Wishing everyone a warm and bright celebration on this night.
Countdown 2012, Day 31
Found this bit of beauty – this still life of a street scene…this thoughtfully created and cultivated sidewalk-garden – I found it a month ago, in July, in Toronto, on the day before I left for a month-full of adventures. My first travelling adventures since leaving my workplace. It’s a wonderful scene – a gift to strangers and passers-by. And, a nice memory of the eve of departure for adventure, and departure from a work-life I had known and loved for many years. I was on the run that day – running errands, and completing tasks that need finishing before I could leave – when I stumbled upon this lovely scene..and stopped to take it in.
For August Break, I’m supposed to be sharing images of, yes, August! But, I’m breaking form instead! August Break is rule-free, after-all. So, I’m sharing photos I’m still processing – processing the experiences they represent. For me, this is definitely part of what ‘August Break’ is all about.