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A Real Spring

Thursday, March 15th, 2007 in Buckinghamshire
A Real Spring

It’s the Ides of March which means it’s the dead of winter back in Chicago and I’m giddy that I’m not there to (ahem) enjoy it. Instead, I’m here in Milton Keynes where March is fragrant and mild. In Milton Keynes, March is the month when birds gather moss to line their nests and blossom trees explode into color.

Back in Chicago, March is the greyest most dismal time of year. It’s dreadful, it’s cold and it comes at a time when my patience for dreadful and cold grows alarmingly thin. I always hold out hope that Chicago’s March will be better than it’s February but it never is. It’s always much much worse. Sadly, April in Chicago is often times not much better than March.

We’re planning a short holiday in Cornwall so I’m hoping the nice weather holds out for a while and stretches all the way to the southwest coast of England. We’ll see. This time of year is notoriously unpredictable so we may be in for a feisty gale or two before the end of the month.

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March Bloom
March Bloom
About this time of year, I get antsy for the landscape to come to life. That’s why I try to time things so that I’m in the UK for February and March, because then I get to see the snowdrops and crocuses and primroses open up and my spirit is lifted at the time I need it most.
Bear Lake Corridor
Bear Lake Corridor
The weather forecaset was perfect today so I just had to take the day off. I’ve not been to Bear Lake in a while so I thought I’d hike the trails in that area today.
Weary of the Wind Chill
Weary of the Wind Chill
It’s four degrees outside. You can count them on one hand and have a thumb to spare: one, two, three, four. There is a severe lack of temperature happening outside the thin wall of my office.