Sunday, April 17, 2011

Colours of Melting Spring

Spring is finally here and it has made such a difference in everyone's mood. I've had a burst of energy and have started spring cleaning. The kids are loving being able to get out and play without all the cold weather battle gear. Foo loves puddles and ends up soaked most days even with his waterproofs and wellies. Mousie is getting back  into the swing of sandpits. Bumptious is desperate to get out and crawl amongst stuff. She'd prefer to walk, but hasn't gotten beyond cruising and walking with our hands yet. 

We bought a year pass to the zoo last week, so can see us spending lots of time there over the next few months. Most of the animals were asleep but it was nice to get out in the sunshine and do something for a change except try to get back indoors. 
The snow is melting quickly, it'll all be gone next week except the biggest piles. 

Croci, snowdrops and other bulbs are desperately pushing up as soon as the snow thins. I've bought some flowers to replace the winter lanterns for the front steps. Bright pansies and soon to blossom daffodils, lovely to get a bit of dirt under my fingernails again. 
We had a visit from the witches of Palm Sunday with their willow wands covered in catkins, feathers and paper flowers. They wished us -"Virvoin, varvoin, tuoreeks, terveeks, tulevaks vuodeks, vitsa sulle, palkka mulle" which is a kind of 'trick or treat' offering you good health and a good year if you accept their wands and pay then in chocolate. Kind payment was made, so here's hoping for some good luck for this new year in Finland. 

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