19 March 2010

Skywatch Friday: Skies, snowdrops and supervisor Spunky

I keep thinking we're going to pay bigtime for this almost two weeks of fine weather. Daylight Savings Time always scrambles my circuits a little bit, but it's also so gratifying to walk outside in the morning and not need seven layers of clothes. The plants are responding to the sun's welcoming rays, as my Corylus avellana 'Contorta' shows off against a perfect blue sky yesterday morning.

We're still a long way from being frost free, of course, but that lends its own particular charms to morning walks. These snowdrops look like they're dipped in a bit of ultrafine sugar.

Meanwhile, back indoors, my supervisor Spunky Boomerang thinks I really should stop procrastinating and either get some more writing done, or have a nap with him...

But somehow, I don't want to miss a moment of clear, springlike skies, so I'll wait til well after sunset before I turn in.

I hope your Skywatch Friday is as perfect as the past few days have been for us here in Scotts Bay!


  1. Like you welcome the coming of spring...I look forward to the coming of fall which brings relief from hot summer temperatures. Your cat is adorable.

  2. Love that first shot ... knarled trees fascinate me - what can I say! The photo of those icing-covered snowdrops is gorgeous too.

    Downunder I'm waiting to see what the cyclone that's coming ever closer is going to do ... it's a late one as they usually come through during our summer. Fingers crossed all will be well.

  3. That is a gnarly little tree/shrub/whatever in that first picture.

    I'm not sure what you have in mind by the Tulsa music scene. Live music in Tulsa comes in two varieties; scheduled events at various venues, and take what you get bands in bars and clubs.

    When I think of "Tulsa Music" I think of what was performed back in the 1940's and 50's, usually at the venerable Cain's ballroom bu Bob Wills and his Texas playboys, or brother Johnny Lee Wills or by Leon McAuliff. To my mind its great music and timeless.

    You can listen to an hour of this every Saturday night on the western-swing radio program "Swing on This", airing at 7 p.m. on public-radio station KWGS (89.5 FM) in Tulsa and streaming at www.kwgs.com (7 p.m. Central Standard Time. This is hosted by vetern Tulsa newsman/musician/historian John Wooley. He has a web site with some interesting information and occasionally up to date play lists at http://www.johnwooley.com/kwgs.html

    This is not to say that there are not good bands and musicians performing rock, blues, jazz, and traditional music in Tulsa. What it acknowledges is that I don't get out much and that's about all I know.

  4. I forgot to mention that the newspaper here lists quite a bit of the scheduled venue sort of music in their Scene section. Look at http://www.tulsaworld.com/scene/landing.aspx?cat=shows and http://www.tulsaworld.com/scene/landing.aspx?cat=music This gets updated at least weekly.

    Sometime during the week that publish a list of what bands are playing at what clubs. I don't see it today, naybe it is in the weekend papers. Hope this is helpful.

  5. What an incredible tree, the branches are mesmerizing!!

  6. marvellous contorta!
    I am so envious of your snow drops, sigh.
    and Skunky B. is precious.

  7. Dear Jodi, The weather of the last few days really has lifted the spirits and the days are noticeably longer now. It becomes a pleasure to be outside.

    Spunky looks particularly adorable peering around your computer. Cats are always drawn to the heat...clearly your computer is not cold! [lol]

  8. We're also enjoying this wonderful gift of perfect weather in Connecticut, coinciding with daylight savings' return. We don't want to come in either!

  9. Yes, the light is rocking my world too... in a very good way. I seem to halfsleep through winter.

    Yesterday all the snow on our roof, came down with a roar. I first thought the roof came off.. But, no - all is well!
    Couldn't wish for a lovelier springsign here:-)

    Soon I hope to see some of my snowdrops....

    Greetings from Stockholm ,SWEDEN! Have a nice weekend!

  10. Lovely sky watch photos! I love them!

  11. Happy SWF. I like seeing the contorta against the sky. They remind me of such whimsy. I am having a difficult time sleeping right now too. UGH. All of this blue sky is keeping my gardening mind running faster than the clock.

  12. I am so happy for your springtime temps, dear Jodi. What a mood lifter they are. Spunky certainly lives up to his name. :-)

  13. I hope the weather stays, we are having a dip tomorrow and will stay lower for a few days, but still way abouve zero, yay! I am hoping that my snowdrops will be in flower when I arrive at Kilbourne Grove tomorrow.

  14. Jodi girl .. I think Spunky has the right idea ? LOL
    That was such a beautiful calm sunset .. if I stare at the picture long enough .. I can almost smell the sea air : )
    We have had the record breaking temps and beautiful weather here .. but next week with be March's time to turn the tables and one last snow episode is forecasted .. I'll just close my eyes that whole day ? LOL

  15. It always takes me a week to get used to 'springing forward' :( I'm just about there I think...lol

  16. the first one with the bare branches against the clear blue sky is great.
    You also have wonderful photo sof cats in your blog and Im surprised that he is behind the screen... more often you find them in front and on the key-board :-)

    christina, sweden

  17. Just stumbled onto your blog this morning...awesome pictures. And the catchildren...well...too darling!!

    Spring is slow coming this year....still have one little pile of snow at the side of our driveway...can't wait to see some budding here in our gardens!!

    Stan Horst
    Publisher: BetterBenches.com

  18. Isn't Spring hypnotic! Love your photos, especially the one with the kitty. I vote for the nap.
    ps - shipping your brooch off today. Put a little something extra in the box for you.

  19. I always love visiting your blog, because you seem to have so many plants I could only dream about. I also realize just how little I know about the abundance of species nature provides us. But thanks to people like you, I get to learn more every day! Thank you for all you do.

  20. Wow - that twisty bush/tree in the first photo is out of this world. Taking the photo against the sky really sets it off. I love seeing your catchildren. I have seven catchildren too, known collectively as "the furry tide". I love reading about, and seeing yours.

  21. Love the photo of the Corylus avellana. I had one years ago (grafted) that suckered constantly until I finally took it out in a fit of rage over the constant prunings. Now of course I wish I hadn't. They add a touch of whimsy to the garden and make wonderful additions to bouquets and arrangements.

  22. beautiful post...i think kitty wants to play too :)

  23. Jodi, your kitty is very cute. The picture of the twisted branches against the sky is wonderful. : )

  24. Your Corylus is beautiful against the blue sky. On a trip to South America I came home with lots of photographs of dead Calden trees against blue sky. I was just drawn to their branch architecture. Supervisor Spunky is adorable, he really does look like he's supervising!

  25. My fingers are crossed for you that spring is coming like a freight train, no going back on the track.


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