Forsythia and Other Garden Discoveries
Until very recently, I had no idea what grew in my garden.
We moved here in the fall, when I was starting a new teaching position and spent all my spare time unpacking and planning. There was no time to explore the yard, and soon the plants were buried in snow.
Spring came late this year. Now, though, I can enjoy the bursts of colour coming up. Crimson tulips, pink rhododendron, and bright yellow forsythia. Soon, I will have blossoms on the apple tree and hydrangea. I’m almost certain one plant is an astilbe; another I think is a dahlia.
Nature provides much beauty, but in spring it’s the flowers I enjoy the most.
Our first significant snowfall coated trees and lawns, turning our world white.
Admittedly, I am not a fan of winter – I’m a summer girl, through and through. But the magic of the first snow is hard to ignore.
The golden shades of November disappear under this fresh layer of frosting; the barren branches are bright and new.
For now, at least, winter is a welcome sight.
If you’ve been following my posts, you know that I have been waiting (impatiently) for the snow to melt. I have been itching to go to the beach, but until this week there was so much ice and snow that it wouldn’t have been safe, let alone enjoyable.
The snow is not completely gone, but the beach is finally accessible.
I took a drive to my favourite spot for collecting sea glass, and spent more than two hours wandering the shoreline.
It was bliss.
I was the only person on the beach, with the salt breeze and the rushing water as company. The tide was out and the sea glass was plentiful.
The only difficulty was leaving.
This shingled shop sits alongside the river in the Miramichi. Although it was not open the day we visited, I loved the weathered appeal of the building, and was drawn to the sign.
I had to bring my car to the Miramichi for service yesterday, so I asked a friend what to do for four hours in this small town. She suggested Ritchie Wharf.
It turned out to be a great spot. There was a big playground for the kids, quaint little shops, and a wharf along the river. When the kids got bored, I made up a photography scavenger hunt for them with their iPods.
Wandering along the wharf, I found a few spots to photograph as well.
This shot is my favourite.