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February 2016

Wednesday, February 3rd

A gray day here - windy and mild, mid-40s but rising into the 50s overnight. Heavy rains moving in ...

A pair of robins hopping under my window at the moment ... flipping wet leaves about, searching for worms, no doubt. And there are lots of juncos under the feeders - my "bird of the year!" They're pecking all over the patio. And a goldfinch at the nyger seed tube - haven't seen goldfinches in a while! They're still sporting their drab winter colors ...

No sign of the snowdrops yesterday, but we'll keep watching! :)

Oh, and guess whom we just spied on our deck ...

Chipmunk on deck in winter

I guess the mild weather woke him out of his winter sleep!


Tuesday, February 2nd ~ Candlemas Day!

Snowdrops 1

Well, just moments ago, our resident groundhog emerged from his den - did NOT see his shadow and therefore predicted an EARLY SPRING!  But before we get too excited, this old Candlemas verse declares the opposite to be true ...

If Candlemas be fair and bright, Winter takes another flight.

If Candlemas brings clouds and rain, Winter will not come again.

Well, it's bright and sunny here! A beautiful February morning and as I always say (or think to myself anyway) whatever the weather might be - this day is a gift. So whether the coming weeks bring snow and bluster or sun and soft breezes, I'll take it! :)

• Snowdrops, shown above at our old house. Still waiting on the ones we planted here! This is a lovely, old-fashioned spring bulb, also called "Candlemas Bells." With all this mild weather recently they may be on their way up ... but we'll take a look today and see. Last year they never appeared, buried under all that record-breaking snow.

• Coloring pages for the younger boys (groundhog, snowdrops) and a check of the temperature at noon.

The Story of the Snow Children by Elsa Beskow

How Groundhog's Garden Grew by Lynne Cherry 

Today, I will clean out the "Crafts & Candles" cupboard and organize the materials to make some beeswax candles with the boys. If there is patience and focus we will attempt this craft later today! If not - outside we go to burn off that energy and look for our own shadows in the fading afternoon light.

:)

* Temps in the mid 40s, bright sun. *


Monday, February 1st

On this soft gray morning, it feels a bit like Spring ... And in fact, February 1st, St. Brigid's Day, marks the start of the Celtic Spring. And while that might work over there, here in New England, the first of February generally feels NOTHING like Spring. We are usually in the hard and fast grip of Winter at this time of year, but ...

It's quiet and mild out there, and the sky is brightening slowly.

• I'll wake the boys in a bit with "Rabbit, rabbit!" A must on the first of each month!

• We'll look around the yard today for signs of Spring and some "straw" (dried ornamental grass) with which to make our Brigid's crosses. We might even peek along the front stone wall and see if we spy any snowdrops budging the earth ... Candlemas Bells, they are also called!

• Wonder what the groundhog will say tomorrow?