Suddenly, it's 2014. A new year, a new month, an (almost new) season...of winter. In the past three weeks, we have had an amazing number of storms throughout Atlantic Canada, with records amount of freezing rain, snow, subzero temperatures, power outage...some poor souls in New Brunswick are into day 10, I believe, since losing their power, with another storm forecast for tonight and tomorrow.
There is, however, a pristine beauty to the natural world, although a week plus of ice on trees and shrubs isn't likely doing them a lot of good.
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas season. Ours was fairly quiet, as I am recuperating from my second knee replacement surgery, just over 3 weeks ago. We were out on Christmas day to visit friends in Berwick, and that's as far as I have been since getting home from the hospital. With this much snow and ice around, it's just safer to stay inside, do my exercises, rest and get stronger, and wait for better weather days.
I cannot resist the cheerful colour of these forced narcissus, and I don't find them too fragrant, either. I would have daffs and narcissus in the house every day until spring if I could. Which reminds me...I never did get all the bulbs planted, and it looks now like I won't! I suppose I could send my son out for a bag of potting mixture, plant them in containers and force them...
The last of the outdoor plants, the flowering kale, is still sheathed in a glistening coat of ice, making it into a pop art display. Or it was before the most recent snowfall--it's now buried, like everything else in the garden, but that's okay. We need a season off from the garden outside, and now we are into the fourth garden season, where we plan for next year, review last year, enjoy our houseplants, catch up on our reading!
That's it for this week, friends. Now that I'm able to sit at my computer for more than a few minutes at a time, I'm slowly getting back to work, and to writing blog posts. I appreciated all the comments and discussion on my previous post about blogging, and will be continuing for the foreseeable future, anyway, although I am almost at the point of shutting down bloominganswers.com. We are all so busy, and have maybe too many sites to visit and participate in, and while this served a purpose at first, I don't have a lot of time to spend on it, and unless I do, few others bother. We'll see what the coming weeks bring!
Happy New Year to all of you! Any garden resolutions?