Thursday, March 23, 2017

March Madness In The Poconos And How To Look On The Bright Side

Hmm, what can I say? The calendar might say it's Spring ... yet, it doesn't look or feel like it.  But I do know it is ... coming. 


  
The hungry deer are fed through the Winter
 so there will be healthy Mama does and new fawns in the Summer.
I winter sowed seeds in January
so I will have seedlings to plant out by late Spring.
I planted tulip bulbs late in the Fall
so I will have beautiful flowers to enjoy in May.
I potted up some amaryllis bulbs inside in late December
so there would be beautiful flowers to enjoy indoors in March.

Still waiting to see my first Robin ...
then I will know Spring is really here.











Sunday, March 19, 2017

It's the first day of Spring In The Poconos. Hurry up! Go get an egg!

Spring has sprung. Finally ... The Vernal Equinox. The 1st day of Spring. Equal hours of daylight and darkness. Well, sorta. Actually, the daylight outlasts the darkness. Either way, all I know is that today marks the end of Winter. Yay!

   The arrival of Spring also heralds in other momentous events to behold.

Once again Spring flowers are in bloom. Unfortunately, not here in the Pocono Mountains til mid-May.

Once again, our beech trees are green with new leaves. Nope. Not til the end of May in the Pocono Mountains.


Lambs are being born by the first day of Spring  ... nowhere in the mountains of the Poconos. Late March perhaps in the more western or southern areas of PA where it is much warmer.  

    and ducklings are exploring their new world ... in June in the Poconos.  

Now for the most exciting thing about the first day of spring ... and it has nothing to do with weather, location, or temperature. 
                         
Today's the day you can make a raw egg stand on end all by itself! It is only possible to accomplish this astounding feat twice a year ... on the first day of Spring and the first day of Autumn. Hurry up and go get an egg! You don't want to miss this opportunity. Be the first to amaze all your friends!

Hmmn ... you really got excited about this, didn't you? I bet you definitely were going to try it. Well, it is true. You can stand a raw egg on its end.  Only ... you can do it any day of the week and any time of the year. It's all about trial and error. Texture and shape of the egg. And a steady hand. Don't have a nimble fingers? Use salt as a base. Make a small mound of salt on a flat, hard surface and carefully position your egg on it until it's perfectly balanced. Then gently blow the salt away. Ta-Da!

Believe in the myth. Sometimes it's more fun than the truth.
-Jane Rutkowski

Posted photos from Pixabay and morgueFile.




                       

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Lehigh Valley Flower Show March 2017

Nothing like a snowstorm to make you want to go see a flower show! The snow stopped by mid-day and off my hubby and I went. Come and stroll with me through "Gardens of the World" a lovely preview of Spring with an international flair.

 
                                                                         Windmills
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                                                                          wooden shoes
                                             
                                                                          Daffodils

                                                                           and Crocus.

                                                                     A white azaela


                                                                       and pretty in pink.

Fountains

Lupines

Panies, Alyssum & Wine.

Tropical flavors ... 

A Canada pine & Maple Leaf.

Heathers, forsythias, and other assorted pretties!

Not sure on the name of this one, but so gorgeous!

A desert motif

and a bit of ... this & that.

Hope you enjoyed the show!









Sunday, March 5, 2017

Spring In The Poconos ... Coming Soon ... Flowers & Fauna 2017

It's early March 2017 and the weather has been crazy! Less than a week ago, in the waning last days of February, it hit 70 degrees! Early this morning it was 3 degrees, but felt like -14 with the wind chill! Spring is gonna be a while ... so, how about a stroll through last Spring's Flora and Fauna Show?
             What would Spring be without daffodils? Instant sunshine!   
       Ajuga, also known as Bugle weed, is a spreading ground cover that produces pretty blue-violet flowers in mid-Spring.
                                                        Pink Bleeding hearts
               and white Bleeding Hearts are mainstays in a Pocono Spring garden.
                                 Tulips also make their appearance in late Spring.
                                       Peonies also arrive in May in my garden.
They are considered weeds by most, but dandelions are really pretty! And they are beneficial to the bees!
Many birds live here year-round in the Poconos.  Sparrows ...
Cardinals ...
and Blue-jays.  This one is a Springtime baby.
Mallard ducks live here in the Poconos all year long as well. Ozzie & Harriet (as I called them) began coming to our yard everyday in late spring of last year. They would come and eat some of the bird seed and corn kernels that we were feeding to our neighborhood birds and local deer.  They came for about a month and then eventually stopped coming. We figured they probably had a nest near a lake shore area nearby and finally settled there to raise their young.
Our year-round Squirrels can sometimes be a nuisance, but they are very entertaining. They get their share of corn and bird seed, too.
Mourning Doves also come daily.
By mid-May the Hummingbirds will be back!
Bears will be leaving their dens in the spring and new cubs will be exploring. This cub made its first appearance in our yard in early summer. 
And of course what would the Poconos be without our deer? New fawns will be born again in late spring/early summer and, once again, we are given the pleasure to watch them frolic and grow!









Sunday, February 12, 2017

Come To The Poconos And Visit Crystal Cabin Fever Ice Festival 2017

It's February and that means new beautiful ice sculptures to see at Crystal Cabin Fever in the Poconos.  This year, 2017, the theme is ... Once Upon A Time. 
                                          Come and see Cinderella's Castle 


as well as the beautiful Cinderella herself.

Elsa and Anna from Frozen are here to delight you and your family as well.

Beware of Captain Hook and Tick-Tock the Crocodile 

but never fear ... Peter Pan will save the day!

I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house down! said the Wolf.

One Little Piggy had nothing to fear. His house was made of bricks!

You've all heard of Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs, I'm sure. They're here, too! Dopey is my favorite!

There are other events to enjoy, too. Watch an ICE CARVER at work.

Take a ride down their 50 foot Ice Slide! There is also a smaller slide for the little ones! 

And as all Fairy Tales end ... They Lived Happily Ever After!

For more information check out their website www.crystalcabinfever.com