Author Topic: Signs of Spring  (Read 91958 times)

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1175 on: February 24, 2019, 01:36:40 pm »
I've just been out to my local Polski Sklep for my weekly fix.
The blossom is out in force today.
The force is strong.

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1176 on: February 24, 2019, 02:37:22 pm »
Heard a yellowhammer today.

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1177 on: February 24, 2019, 05:16:12 pm »
I've just been out to my local Polski Sklep for my weekly fix.
The blossom is out in force today.
The force is strong.

[OT]
We had Krakus pickled cucumbers as kids, or Nova pickles in tins, from Czechoslovakia.

Mostly have Mrs Elswood's1 offerings now, which, I think, are imported from the Netherlands.

1) Brand name invented to combine Elstree with Borehamwood...

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1178 on: February 24, 2019, 11:32:22 pm »
Brimstone flutterby, and the first of the wild daffodils and primroses.
I don't count garden varieties, of which the daffs have been out for 3 or 4 weeks.

And also, last weekend, the Nordseecross in Middelkerke being contested in shorts and short sleeves (and half unzipped tops).

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1179 on: February 26, 2019, 08:46:43 am »
A marked reduction in the number of birds visiting our feeders. No sign of the wagtail, long tailed tits or blackcaps for the last week, and far fewer bluetits, great tits and goldfinches. They must be finding enough insects out and about now.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1180 on: February 26, 2019, 08:48:16 pm »
David & I made a day trip to Peterborough Crematorium to bid farewell to his Aunt Rita.
We saw:

Big bumblebees in HA8
Next door neighbours' magnolia breaking bud.
A green haze covering the branches of many of the trees we saw from the train.
Cherry trees and other fruit trees in full blossom.
Daisies on the lawn at the Crematorium.
Ants crawling over the stones in the Crematorium Gardens.

Heard many birdies...

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1181 on: February 28, 2019, 10:41:08 am »
Geese flying overhead.  Heading due north.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1182 on: February 28, 2019, 11:06:21 am »
Bloody hay fever. In February!

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1183 on: February 28, 2019, 12:27:05 pm »
Mirabelle plum blossoms opened today.
Next door's fruit tree has been a mass of white blossom for a few days; can't recall if it's peach or pear.

It is raining intermittently now.

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1184 on: February 28, 2019, 12:56:56 pm »
There seems to be a massive amount of catkins this year. Or perhaps I've never noticed them before.

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1185 on: February 28, 2019, 01:04:36 pm »
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1186 on: February 28, 2019, 09:01:30 pm »
There seems to be a massive amount of catkins this year. Or perhaps I've never noticed them before.

You’re right, there are loads.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1187 on: February 28, 2019, 09:10:14 pm »
Serenaded by singing ribbits in my neighbours pond this morning.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1188 on: February 28, 2019, 09:13:09 pm »
Serenaded by singing ribbits in my neighbours pond this morning.

IRTA "singing rabbits" and wondered what that sounded like.


ETA: "Mep[1] mep mep, mep mep-mep, mep, mep-mep-mep *thump-thump-thump*..."[2] presumably.


[1] Baby barakta, when learning about animal noises, did the overly-literal deaf child thing and refused to believe that rabbits didn't make a sound.  So her mum made one up.
[2] To the tune of The Frog Song.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1189 on: February 28, 2019, 09:15:11 pm »
I thought that as I typed it, but did it anyway!
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1190 on: February 28, 2019, 09:28:27 pm »
Chiffchaffs in central San Sebastián.
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1191 on: February 28, 2019, 09:45:13 pm »
The daffodils are out, just in time for St. David's Day. :thumbsup:

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1192 on: February 28, 2019, 10:08:27 pm »
There seems to be a massive amount of catkins this year. Or perhaps I've never noticed them before.

You’re right, there are loads.

They are lambs tails here but yeah they are really abundant this year.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1193 on: March 01, 2019, 09:39:24 am »
More geese flying north.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1194 on: March 01, 2019, 10:05:13 am »
Getting woken up by the Jackdaws building, well trying to, a nest in our chimney. Various sticks getting dumped into it and then falling down all the way to the metal heat plate in the living room.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1195 on: March 02, 2019, 05:57:51 pm »
Frog spawn in our pond this morning.
Usually we hear the frogs calling beforehand, but they got on with it quietly this year for some reason.

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1196 on: March 02, 2019, 10:58:00 pm »
Black hellibore has flowered already. In February
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1197 on: March 03, 2019, 01:41:25 pm »
Frogs and spawn in a neighbour's pond.


IMG_9774_01 by The Pingus, on Flickr


IMG_9731_01 by The Pingus, on Flickr

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1198 on: March 05, 2019, 11:54:20 pm »
Bloody hay fever. In February!

+1

Probably associated with the plethora of catkitkins
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1199 on: March 06, 2019, 10:57:05 am »
From our garden.

Spring by Richard Fletcher, on Flickr
We are making a New World (Paul Nash, 1918)