It started this afternoon, and today and tomorrow and maybe even Wednesday morning are gonna be nice! I mean sunny and warm temperatures! It has been so cold and grey and snowy here that once again everyone is talking about the weather…”WAIT TILL TUESDAY… IT’S GONNA BE NICE”
This afternoon the thermometer on my back deck was almost 20 degrees. The crocus flowers were in bloom and David went for a ride! He actually took our daughter Laura for a ride. She’s living at home again for a while and has never been on his bike.
Ahh… I love this kind of weather!
I even got out my lounge chair and just maybe tomorrow I can spend a little time there!
My Chinese friends know all too well that it is my favourite time of year and they also know me well enough that even after leaving Shenyang almost 3 years ago ( wow it’s been that long) that I still miss and long for the April days of walking in “my” park when all the blossoms are peak!
So, Sunday was a gorgeous blue sky day in Shenyang and they went to “my” park just to take pictures especially for me!
It is so lovely sitting in my living room this afternoon. It truly feels like Spring until you see the snow outside… BUT I do know that the sun is melting it quickly.
Springtime is my absolute FAVOURITE of all seasons!! But, then as each season rolls around I probably say that about each one BUT TRULY, Springtime is a season of freshness and newness of life. Babies are being born,
Here is a pic of a friend’s new baby. How sweet!!
…buds are opening up and ohhhh…the blossoms! The pink blossoms of fruit trees! I absolutely LOVE this time of year.
PLEASE!!! I want to hop on a plane and head to Vancouver, Washington, DC or Beijing!!!! There are pictures popping up on my newsfeed and memories of a Shenyang Spring walking in the park.
Here are some pics that have been popping up of blossoms in the last few days…
Ahh…I LOVE them!!!! It takes me back …
Just my sweet remembrance. Hope you’re all having a great week!
Love EVERYTHING about Spring! However we are still getting the COLD here in eastern Canada…
Too far I think because we got MORE snow!!!!!!! ugh….
Believe it or not, today is the First Day of Spring!! You really wouldn’t think so after last night and this morning, here in Nova Scotia.
Now is a great time to start feeding the birds. There have been lots of robins on my lawn. They’re now making their way back to Canada and a feeder is a useful source of food for them on their journey. During this time of the year, birds are able to rapidly gain weight so they have enough energy to fly the far distances required.
Happy 1st Day of Spring! ( ps I put ALL my snowmen decor away so please no more SNOW)
Smile mon! that’s right we’re in Jamaica for the day!
Jamaica is our first port of call. Ocho Rios is Spanish for “eight rivers”. The name “Ocho Rios” is a misnomer because there are not eight rivers here. It is most likely a British corruption of the original “Las Chorreas” or “the waterfalls”, the name given because of the nearby Dunn’s River Falls. Ocho Rios is in the parish of Saint Ann on the north coast of Jamaica. Scuba diving and other water sports are offered in the area.
Limestone, molasses, sugar and coffee are the key exports in Jamaica.
Docking at James Bond pier named after the 1962 James Bond movie Dr. No
Dunn’s River Falls Waterfall and Beach
A “MUST HAVE” while in Jamaica is Jerk Chicken with festival ( the little fried donut) and bammy (made from cassava root)
The birds were so much fun to interact with at Dolphin Cove. Macaws, lovebirds, parrots, an owl…were all very friendly and liked the attention. This way to the Iguana!
Meet Charlie! Charlie II that is. The first Charlie, the one I held last time we were in Jamaica passed away. This Charlie was a sweetie though. I love Iguanas, they are just so interesting!
David was REALLY brave and held the snake. NOT me though…I am terrified of snakes!!
We had an amazing day in Jamaica…now to set sail!
David purchased a bamboo shirt…he’s looking a bit tropical for our dinner tonight.
A couple days in Miami before our cruise means it’s opportunity to visit Mom & Dad Goode. They have been spending their winters in Cortez, Bradenton Beach area of Florida for the past few years.
We headed to the coast through the Everglades on the Tamiami highway. We saw lots of alligators and interesting birds but because we were short on time we didn’t stop for pictures. We decided to meet halfway on the west coast of Florida in a quaint little town called Matlacha (pronounced “mat-la-SHAY”)
Matlacha is one of five communities on Pine Island in the Cape Coral area. It is an “Old Florida” fishing village, home to many brightly colored art galleries, island boutiques, seafood restaurants, and traditional Floridian cottages. We ate at a wonderful spot the “Blue Dog” The shrimp tacos and key lime pie were delish! We spent the afternoon browsing the shops and catching up with Mom & Dad.
After a bit more food we headed back to Miami to get a good night’s sleep!