Hello, Spring. I think I love you.

We’ve been bellyaching about how cold and how dry and how bitter Winter has been, and now that Spring has made an appearance at last, I think she deserves a mention. Don’t you? And a few photos, natch.

Some days it pays to be out early!

Some days it pays to be out early! (swoon)

“The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.” –Harriet Ann Jacobs

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“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” –Margaret Atwood.

And sweat. And baby tomato plants. And chickens. And a kitten, if you’re really, really lucky.

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(photo credit Amalia Miller)

“I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.” –Anne Lamott

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Last fall’s blueberry leaves (photo credit Amalia Miller)

“The day the Lord created Hope was probably the same day he created Spring.” –Bernard Williams

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New packages of bees mean springtime here, too. (photo credit Amalia Miller)

“There’s nothing worth doing inside, on such a day as this.” -your author, that is to say, me

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Baby succulents at our friend’s farm (photo credit Amalia Miller).

“Let’s go fishing!” –little Mack

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“Nothing is so beautiful as spring – when weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush; Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring the ear, it strikes like lightning to hear him sing.” –Gerard Manley Hopkins

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“In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.” –Mark Twain

Winter lingered so long in the lap of Spring that it occasioned a great deal of talk.

Bill Nye

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“Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.” –Rainer Maria Rilke

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 It looks like it’s going to be an exquisite weekend here, and I hope it is where you are, too, Gentle Reader. I’d reach out and give you all a hug, if I could. In lieu of that, know that I am hoping that your weekend is simply delicious! 🙂

24 thoughts on “Hello, Spring. I think I love you.

  1. Jeanne Melanson

    I enjoyed your post and all your lovely pictures. I was outside today too, taking pictures in nature. Tomorrow we are going to go for a long walk in the woods. I loved the smell there today, of the pine trees and other unidentifiable smells. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on spring. The quote I especially love here is Margatet Atwoods: “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” Peace!

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      Jeanne: I really like that quote, too! And it fits in my own personal worldview, where in the spring all I really want is to get out and plant my garden! Lovely, lovely dirt!

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      Sophie,
      Thanks sweetie! Yes, it’s a pansy–I’m astonished every year at how many colors pansies come in!

  2. Mari

    Gorgeous, gorgeous! Don’t you just have to love spring? I am so glad that you have sent these along. It is amazing how you have spring as we wander into summer here in the south. Our spring blooms are gone and the fruit is forming on the trees. Your blooms are just beginning. I think it would be fun to travel the country in search of spring some year…meanwhile, I am tending to the new transplants into the garden and praying over them – each and every one of them. No time to leave them behind, so this is the next best solution to following the blooms. Thanks, Amy! You have made my day begin in a special way.

  3. rita

    You’re very lucky to live on the west coast. Here in the east, there’s nothing quite so lovely happening yet. Buds are just swelling on the trees. There’s just a hint of green on the ground as grass tries to rise. We’ve had quite a bit of rain in the last few days, so that’ll help but it’s a struggle this year.

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      Rita,
      I’ve heard about the awful winter that you all have had! Actually I live in Nebraska, and our springtime always feels hardwon, too, our winters are so bitter.

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      Well, ’tis the season, eh, Roy? I’m sure thankful for my weather radio and my basement at this time of year. We spend a lot of time huddled in the latter, listening to the former!

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