The rains of April have finally come, and this week is proving to be a soggy one.
But there is some respite from it all and certainly the valley is coming along in her spring regalia
It is a sweet middle time between bare branches and full dress code
One of our little spring gardens is blooming.
Wally calls this Mary and Joseph, a plant from his childhood
It blooms pink and blue and mixed pink and blue blossoms
Daffodils are always a treat
I love their frilly centres
and the Forget-Me-Nots are blooming!
That means no mowing of the lawn for at least another week
I'd forgotten that they start off pink, doing a reasonable job of faking a Mary and Joseph
And the Cherry tree!
The neighbour's cherry tree leans into our yard .
From this slant you can see the petals backlit by the morning sun
(and the other side of Forget-Me-Not Cabin) as we look to the east
I will always think of Leona and her wish to go to Japan in spring when the cherry blossoms bloom
Looking down the hill at Wally's garden that he dug out on the last weekend of April
The little peach tree to the south side of it is loaded with blossoms
How will it ever stand the weight of this year's peaches? It looks like there will be 4 times as many peaches as last year when it bent almost to breaking
Looking back up the hill at the cherry tree.
Just below it is a flowering bush that I still don't know the name of, here it's blossoms still furled.
Alongside the south end of Forget-Me-Not Cabin the gopher or (Wally thought) a skunk has dug up a good chunk of lawn looking for grubs. The palettes that made the deer barrier have fallen over.
As I walk to the other side of the cabin, I spy the raven
He sees me too and ponders what to do
Not much later, in the front of the garage, two thirsty crows come to have a drink
One preens while the other walks off with what appears to be a leaf
It's moments like this when I have good vantage that I regret my puny camera
I try to bump out the shadows
I try for a sepia effect
The crow appears to dance. Soon they're gone.
I come back to the kitchen table for an impromptu visit with Babu
who gives me meaningful looks as he requests some attention
Some table rubbing
and some monkeying around
and some more monkeying around
He manages to pull the placemat closer to him
to have a sniff
and a taste
I pull the placemat back but that doesn't faze
my earnest boy