Spring is sprung

Spring is sprung, the grass is ris.
I wonders where the birdies is.
They say the birds is on the wing.
Ain’t that absurd?
I always thought the wing was on the bird.
(by Anonymous)

Almond blossom

Almond blossom

Spring has arrived! We took this picture of almond blossom a couple of weeks ago. The trees looked beautiful. Yesterday when we got up, the wind had blown most of the blossom off the trees. It looked a bit like snow on the ground, but it isn’t nearly as much fun as real snow!

Lots of things are starting to grow. Some of the deciduous trees are beginning to look green again. The bipeds keep checking the buds on the wisteria to see how soon they think it will flower. The lizards are scurrying about in the middle of the day, when it’s warm. The little birds are hopping about picking up white hair to line their nests. I like to see them making use of my hair, there’s always some in the grass if you look closely.

I love being brushed because it is undivided attention from a biped. I need lots of brushing in the Spring because I shed my undercoat. (Read more about my coat – From Hair to Eternity) They sometimes take it in turns to brush me because they say it makes their arms ache – I love it!

The bipeds spend more time outside doing things like gardening, I enjoy being outside with them. When I think they’ve worked hard enough, I encourage them to take a break and play with me. Outside games are a lot more fun than games indoors!

The cats are happy because it’s warm enough for them to sunbathe on the balcony some days. They love it when it gets warm enough to leave the door to the balcony open all day.

The snow line gradually gets higher up the mountains. This means more paths are available to walk and there will still be snow in shady patches. On walks, the bipeds keep getting distracted by things like flowers, so I get extra sniffing time! The mountain streams are flowing with melted snow – very refreshing! The highest mountains still have white peaks, so the views are breathtaking.

We generally take longer walks in the Spring, when the weather is good. We take the walks we won’t be able to do when it gets too hot to go out in the middle of the day in the summer. Sometimes we’re lucky and see something unusual like wild goats. Later in the Spring, or early summer, we may see really young wild boar. They look really cute when they still have striped coats!

Wild boar piglets

Wild boar piglets (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Everyone in our household loves the Spring for lots of reasons! Do you like the Spring?

See you next Wednesday!

140 Comments

  1. Me ventured outside because it was sunny and warm yesterday and we has daffy-dillies and two-lips coming up!!!! Me can’t wait for all the snows to melts and the hot days everyday! And the brushing probably feels wonderful! Mommy gots a pile of fur off of my hairy slobbery sister Bob that was bigger than me!
    Kisses
    Nellie

    • My cats are looking forward to it being hot enough to sunbathe every day. It is wonderful to get rid of my thick winter undercoat – there’s quite a lot of it!

  2. You are lucky to have spring, we’re still stuck in winter – I don’t mind but mummy is bored of the cold weather. There’s just no pleasing humans BOL

  3. Beautiful blossoms, adorable piglets; we BOL when we read “From Hair to Eternity”… we woof your posts, Clowie. Max & Bella

  4. Stopped raining in Seville, after a week or more Doggy finally got his morning run, he was getting annoying. I like spring, however, deep inside I fear it cuz I know that soon it’ll get really warm in here and I hate that, just hate it.

  5. oh my goodness! I have never seen wild boar piglets before and they are soooooooo cute!
    Those blossoms are gorgeous! Do they SMELL like almond?

  6. That almond tree looks pretty. Elizabeth says there’s nothing more beautiful than an almond tree in full blossom. Our equivalent, she says, would be a pincherry tree, but the blossoms are much, much smaller!
    We like fall better in our household. But only by a narrow margin. All the seasons have their pros and cons!
    Stella the Great Newfenees (again) via my scribe

    • The almond trees do look amazing, but it’s usually for quite a short time. The autumn is the best time if you want to go up the highest mountains here – and the weather is often very good. I enjoy the changing seasons.

  7. Glad you got spring early. We are still waiting things out over here. Happy WW!

  8. Who doesn’t love Spring? Tell me and I’ll encourage them to re-think their position. BOL That is a beautiful photo of the Almond Blossom…kinda looks like a Cherry Blossom, no?!?

  9. We know you love snow so we tried to send you some, but every time we put it in the box it melted!
    The REAL Maple Syrup Mob
    xxxxx

  10. We can’t wait for spring to come to us too! We think we’re really going to like springtime. Mom wants to know if those cute little boars could learn to use litter boxes….silly Mom.

    • I’m sure you’ll love it when you start to get more sunshine! The little ones would look cute trotting around indoors in their stripey coats, but I don’t know how well behaved they’d be.

  11. So great to see things blooming again. I can’t wait for warmer weather!

  12. I love the spring! And we’re finally seeing signs that it’s on its way to Maryland. 🙂 Crocuses, snow iris, and daffodils are starting to bloom, And I saw some flowers on a plum tree today that look ready to open soon. Enjoy those longer walks and brushings!

    • It’s my favourite time of year. I love daffodils, they always look so cheerful. I will enjoy the longer walks, it’s wonderful when we go out for the day.

  13. Oh, almond blossoms are so beautiful! And those baby boars look like baby tapirs; so cute!! 🙂

  14. We love spring too! It’s starting to get warm here; in fact, mom says its suppose to be 80 on Friday! Woo Hoo!

  15. Oh too peek into a birdie nest and see some Clowie hair snuggling some little ones and keeping them comfy and warm, how devine. I do like to be able to get out in the spring and brush the dust and cobwebs off and feel the warm sunshine on my face. We have a ways to go before all the muck and grim of spring gets washed away. They sand the roads here for winter driving and it’s sooooo messy.

    • Yes, I like to think of the baby birds all snuggled up in my hair! The bipeds found a nest last autumn, when they were pruning, and it was lined with my hair. It must take a while for your snow to melt away, when there is so much of it.

      • Oh, how absolutely precious, pretty please make pictures next time, that would be so nice.

        It’s snowing again today with terrible weather for at least 7 days….urgg. 1st day of spring will be -10c and overnight -16 c
        🙁

  16. Almonds are lovely when they flower! The mom gave her sister some as a house warming gift. We are still waiting on our first flowers, but there are some buds. Soon, very soon! Those wild boar are really cute when they are little, we have a feeling they are mean when they grow up.

    • Almond blossom is stunning and it’s special because it comes out earlier than most things. It’s lovely watching buds open at this time of the year! The adult wild boar can be dangerous, but they will usually run away if they can.

  17. Such a lovely story and such a beautiful place to call home! There is a beautiful song by composer Aaron Copland “Applachian Spring” simply magnificent! If you would like I will send a copy or better yet maybe I”ll attempt to download on my site for all to enjoy. Wish me luck I am definitely technically challenged!

    • Thank you! I searched for that music, I found a 10 minute version recorded for radio and a 30 minute version on YouTube. I’ve just listened to the 10 minute version – it is lovely. I shall listen to the longer one later. That’s going to be a favourite of mine now!

  18. What a beautiful Alomondtree! Reading this post definitely makes me wish it was Spring here! Just stepped outside and it is as cold as I’ve felt it since December! Clowie it must be so nice to get your coat brushed in the nice spring air!

  19. We are all looking forward to those days and it is much more fun outside. Mom loves it when we can all be outside and it’s not too hot for us to walk. We are not yet losing winter coats because it is definitely still winter here. Enjoy the beautiful spring days:-)

  20. we are having snow showers every five mins in UK freaky weather lol. Love the photos xx

  21. I love spring Clowie….just don’t know where it’s gone this year…we’re still getting arctic galeforce winds and snow! Erm…about those wild boar….nice for Wolfie dinner?…Good idea go hunting?….They always taste so utterly wonderfully bacony when I’ve wolfed them down before 🙂 Almost as good as chicken…chicken…chicken…oh dear!! 😀

    • Spring is exciting! I hope your weather improves soon. I wish you hadn’t mentioned chicken, I won’t be able to think straight now! A lovely run through the forest on the trail of some wild boar would be lovely.

  22. such a charming post! And the pictures of wild boar reminded me of Bambi!! (go figure) That lil poem by ANON is great lead in, too.

  23. Wow, the almond blossom is so beautiful! How I admire you have your spring trees, summer flowers, autumn leaves and snow in winter. I always have the same flowers the whole year and the same summer the whole year; it’s so boring.

    ~Eva

    • Hi Eva! It is nice to have different seasons. I don’t always enjoy the bad weather, but Spring wouldn’t be so exciting without the winter – the changes are nice.

  24. Pawsome blossoms! Mom would luvluvluv to come and take walks with you in the Spring in your woods. You must show some photos of those breathtaking views! Paw pats, Savannah

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