The ol’ quote says, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder”. I’m feeling that way about spring, and it’s refreshing arrival! After a long winter of cold temps that started here six months ago, I can’t wait to smell warm, dark, earth, and dig in the garden under the sun. It’s a time in New England when the earth “wakes up”. (Although with chilly, below-normal temps for April, I’m thinkin’ Mother Nature’s overslept)! Not to worry…there’s plenty of signs of spring, so if it hasn’t arrived for you yet, it can’t be too far away!
Hooray for Spring! Join me in celebrating the Earth!
Earth Day falls on April 22nd this year. What started as a grass-roots idea is now an international event. There’s Earth Day celebrations, including one in my hometown, all concentrating on taking care of the planet and that good ol’ Farmgirl slogan of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”! I became more aware of Earth Day the first year I joined the Farmgirl Sisterhood, and do things to honor it at home, as well. I remember well the “Keep America Beautiful” public service announcements of the 1970’s. They featured the actor, “Iron Eyes Cody”, shedding a tear over litter and pollution, with the slogan, “People start pollution. People can stop pollution”. As a child, I got to meet “Iron Eyes Cody” at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. My dad marched me up to shake Cody’s hand. Looking like he just stepped out of the television, I was awestruck by the towering man in his Native American clothing, who bent down on one knee to be eye to eye with me. His commercials first aired on the second Earth Day. Litter on the ground upsets me, too. My daughter and I will take a walk and pick up litter in our neighborhood. (We always wear disposable gloves and use caution before handling any suspicious-looking, liquid-filled bottles).
We’ve had a couple days with warm temperatures to tease us, and New Englanders took advantage – cleaning up and getting out!
Our neighborhood ice cream shop opened up for the season. We grabbed a cone on our first warm day , before chilly temps came back. Spring is here… now if only Mother Nature would get the memo!
I got my raised beds raked out and prepared. My daughter’s scout troop had a meeting at my house where I shared with the girls how to plant organic and heirloom seeds indoors in recycled containers, which the troop will be demonstrating on Earth Day. Snow peas and lettuceare easy plants for kids to plant. My snow peas have now gone into the ground, and the rest of my seedlings are doing well (except for a few that fell prey to a sneaky cat)!
Another fun activity to do with a child is to plant a tree. For over twenty years, baby trees have been passed out to all the kids in our town’s schools, a practice started anonymously by a local benefactor. I love the excitement my daughter and her friends have over their little baby trees each year! (We have several that are still thriving, save for one that was the accidental victim of an over-zealous weed-whacker).
The garden’s first gifts are appearing, like the tiny beginnings of “Autumn Splendor”
Join me and turn off the television, unplug, and do something “non-electric”! My passion is knitting, especially with natural fibers. I also love to take scraps of yarn and place them in a clean suet-cake cage for nesting birds.
We’ve heard geese honking overhead, and have seen more species of birds, deer and turkeys daily at our bird feeder. Frogs are humming. We’ve also noticed the return of bugs and insects. (Did you hear about the record-breaking numbers of Cicadas heading our way this summer? I like to hear their buzzing…a sound of summer).
Spring‘s brought the return of turkeys…
and a few other creatures!
I snapped this photo of the forsythia‘s yellow blooms against a pink sky frommy back deck.
The first signs of green are popping up around us, and I’m looking forward to a relaxing, non-scheduled, “stay-cation” for Spring Break! Hope I’ve inspired you to do something special for Earth Day.Love the Earth, and it loves us back! It’s the only one we’ve got!
Cleaning out my cutting garden, I was surprised to find moss in a heart shape forming on a rcok!
I’m so glad you stopped by! Drop me a line and say hi, and share with me how you celebrate spring or honor Earth Day!
Until next time….
Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole