Monday, May 19, 2014
Various signs of spring
Having had one leaning across the open door of the drive shed at my former home, I finally recognized the bush when the bunches of tiny white balls began to open - aaaahhhh - elderberry... not that I'll get a chance to pick them and make wine... The birds love these berries and make sure that the bush is picked clean as soon as the berries go from green nobs to red.
Then there is the nest - snuggled tightly onto the hydro wires that run from the pole near the deck to the barn. Good thing they're turned off is all I can say. I think this is a robin's nest - they usually aren't the most tidy builders and I've seen many a robin chirping away and then listening for worms...what amazing ears they must have to hear those creepycrawlies winding their way just under the surface of the lawn. And the reddish orange leaves of a red maple stand out nicely against the weathered silver barn board. And I've found shells from at least three robin eggs and two from a starling - but that's another story.
There was once an earthen floor and crawl space down there, with easy access from outside. In more recent years someone changed the house, added the kitchen, put in stairways both up to what must have been a loft 200 years ago, and down to the "basement" or root cellar and put in a cement floor - which they immediately had to break up in certain spots and put in a drain.... Very damp most of the time, and I imagine filled with water before the drain and broken up cement.... I guess those who did that, didn't know about living on the side of a hill without good drainage around the house.
Even the barn floor was ice-covered this winter, with no animals in the barn and no one parging the beautiful stone worked foundation. It was a hard winter. No wonder spring is taking her time.
Finally Spring. Well sort of. Today it's grey and cool and looking like rain, then flashes of sun, then grey... and - well what can I say? Spring is a flirt!