March 18 – 2019 Hello from the Canadian Okanagan valley, in particular Penticton BC where I live.
Spring is arriving in the valley this week. Temperatures are slightly below zero at night also but frost and cold temperatures are losing their grip on Okanagan and Skaha lake quickly.
The snow on my front yard is retreating and with the onset of temperatures like 15 expected this week, the ice on the lakes is noisy. Yesterday walking along the Okanagan lake seen below, the ice made a loud noise similar to when you add milk to your rice krispies cereal. Snap, Crackle, Pop but much, MUCH noisier. Occasionally a really large piece would crack and move away from the shore, making me jump.
I have noticed the birds have returned from their down south holidays, and I even spotted an American Robin when I drove to Summerland last week.
Seasons sneak up on us in the valley, and that I believe will be the case this year. Next week bikes will emerge from garages, gardeners will be starting seeds, and people will be washing cars in driveways.
Just like the Okanagan lake is cracking, and moving ahead to the spring temperatures – I need to get cracking for the optimism and longer days of spring. I will be out there in the sun walking along shore again today. I hope you enjoy my slides from my walk yesterday, featured below.
Dear reader – what is happening where you live? Does the longer days of sunlight in spring spark you into action? Thank you for reading and I look forward to replying to any comments. 🙂