03-29-2014, 05:55 AM
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We live in a small valley and deal with a microclimate and lack of sunshine. We still have plenty of snow on the ground though bare patches of earth are breaking through.

We have a small pond out front. Yesterday, Friday March 28th was complete "ice out".

This morning a pair of mallards showed up.

We get a pair to visit every year. I do not know if they are the same pair each year.

But their arrival is our signal that despite the snow on the ground (man the trumpets, unfurl the banners)Spring is here.

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They are welcomed visitors and a lovely site after this long winter.

Phil

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 03-29-2014, 07:50 AM
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There is still hope. I've heard geese flying north the past few days.

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 03-29-2014, 08:12 AM
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Still got about 2 feet of snow on the ground here and not much to remind me of spring. The temps have a hard time getting much above the freezing point. The winter that just won't leave.

Bob

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 03-29-2014, 08:54 AM
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As we get closer to April perhaps Mother Nature will start to release a bit of warm weather for those of you in parts of the U.S.A. and Canada who have gone through a terrible winter. Smile

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 03-29-2014, 08:56 AM
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Actually they are predicting May as the return to seasonal norms for us.

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 03-29-2014, 09:01 AM
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MAY!!!! A47

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 03-29-2014, 11:16 AM
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(03-29-2014, 09:01 AM)freddy Wrote: MAY!!!! A47

Yea, my reaction too. Biggrin

Bob

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 03-29-2014, 01:02 PM
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I've seen buds on some of the trees here. Spring is certainly on the way.

More bike rides for me! Biggrin

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 03-29-2014, 01:32 PM
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It's even coming to Maine Yohann.

The sun is high in the sky and even when we had 20°F weather we had melt puddles. Today it was in the 50°s. As long as we don't get a lot of warm rain the rivers won't flood. By my estimate we have 3'- 4' of snow pack to melt. That's upwards of 4" of rain since snowpack isn't the same density as fresh snow. I bet it's more like 12" of stored water or more. My point is that we have potential for massive flooding if it melts rapidly.

We'll see what happens tomorrow. Rain and snow is forecast.

I haven't seen any buds yet, but they can't be far behind. It's overdue. I think after tomorrow I'll set up the cold frame and get some seeds planted for the garden.

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