Late Spring? Not Quite Up Here

For Haibun Monday, hosted by Linda Lee Lyberg on dVerse.   Since Spring has finally sprung, why not, eh?

I am asked to write a Haibun about late spring.  Problem is, we are merely at the beginning of it up here in the Montreal region unlike my fellow writers below the 49th parallel who have been sharing photos of their blooms since end of February, beginning of March!  Up here, we go from temps begging for sundresses and sandals and the next, it’s full-on garb, including coat, hat and gloves (for those of us of a more delicate nature).  Exposing toes at this time would be foolhardy.

How can we ask for crocus and daffodils when we expect them to be covered in snow?  And yet, they do just that.  They take the risk to pop up out of the partially frozen soil next to naked branches and we delight in it.  During my latest walkabout, I am delighted to see yellows and blues and every shade of purple with some pink interjected here and there, just because.

I’m particularly beguiled by the random pops of sweet violets, striped squills, and Siberian squills that seem to scatter willy-nilly wherever they please.  Not that the more formal gardens with hyacinths, daffodils and the early tulips don’t have their own special charm, of course.  It is the wild ones that captivate me.

Frozen ground holds on

Battle royale in progress

Blooms unrepentant



Enjoying Spring

There may still be little mounds of snow ~ but only in places where it was piled to clear out parking lots.  The rest is GONE!  Woot!  We’ve been hitting temps in the double-digits – positive double digits.  It’s amazing to see the difference in attitudes.  Oh, I almost always get a “bonjour” in return to my “bonjour” but now it is almost always accompanied by a big smile.  And even though we don’t want to talk about the weather, it had been such a painfully cold and miserable winter that we cannot help but rejoice that spring has finally sprung!

In two different walks, Zeke and I came upon a few flowers making their appearance…

There were spaces to run around


Oh?  There is water under my feet?  Really?


We then went to our river, the hidden part, and enjoyed the shadows and played “Hide and Seek”

What?  I look wet?  I don’t understand!


You can’t see me, can you?


I’m just having a drink of water!


If I run around, crazy-like, I’ll dry off!


See?  Not that bad, right?


Spring is to be enjoyed…even if it means extra vacuuming for me!