Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Spring's Here

For one reason or another I didn't make it out of the house much during daylight hours this weekend. As a result I missed the arrival of Spring. The pear tree in the front garden was bare last time I saw it. I came home last night after work and, thanks to the early switch to DST, it was still light enough to see that it now has little leaves and flowers all over the place.


I'm taking it as an official sign and declaring that Winter is over. You may put your heavy coats, scarves and hats away now.*


* May not apply to residents of Stonehaven or surrounding areas.

9 comments:

Jen said...

So, if I plant my stuff and it freezes again, I'm coming for you. You have been forewarned.

Vikki said...

It was 12 degC in Stoney today! (Don't know what that is in American)
I sat out in the garden with my friends Morag and Efiona while the kids were on the trampoline, with no coat on!! We had no snow at all this winter which has pleased me, but the boys have been a bit put out - no sledging or school closures ;-)
Pictures on our blog to follow.

Jen said...

Vikki! Thank God you're ALIVE!

(12-degree C is about 54-degree F, which does equivalent to a pretty nice day here too, if there isn't a load of water in the air.)

Ian said...

Spring's here. Spring moves north at about 10 miles a day, so you may still be vulnerable Jen. Keep your heavy coat out just to be on the safe side. Serves you right for moving to the frozen North.

Ian said...

Vikki, you've had no snow this winter, so far. From what I recall of my time living in the Stoney suburb of Aberdeen, if you don't get winter in January or February, you'll get it some time in March or April.

Jen said...

So, when does MY spring officially start? What are we - 300 miles apart now? Let's see. 10 miles per day divided by 300 = 30 DAYS FROM NOW? ? ? That's entirely too far away for my tastes. Are you sure?

Do you need to go back to weather school?

Ian said...

Nah, you're only about 200 miles North. Plus, as the sun moves towards what we scientists call the vernal equinox the earth is more curved, in comparison to the curvedness of the bit from South Texas to Houston, so spring speeds up on its way to Dallas. You should have it in about 9 days by my highly scientific calculations and barring an Arctic storm.
By the time it reaches North Dakota in April spring is moving so fast that trees can bloom while you blink. In the moments before the summer solstice it's moving at the speed of light, but only polar bears are around to see it and there are no trees to observe.

Jen said...

Your links finally worked for me this morning. I could go for a "church" session at the Red Lion while sharing a b*tcher pitcher and I'd maybe even drink a whiskey or two WITHOUT water. . . .

Vikki said...

Hya Jen,

yes I'm alive!! I'm getting more time online cos Iain is off work so can entertain the boys during the day. He starts a new job on the 26th Mar. I'll be making the most of his time at home by getting him to do all the jobs like fixing a new extractor hood above our hob and cutting up wood for the fire. It was a bit colder today! Ian - you are right about the snow, a few folk round here think it's still coming...