Sure spring is still a long way off, but I discovered something useful today. Warmer temperatures and sunshine are perfect antidotes to the lethargic feelings that have taken hold of me these past weeks. There’s something about an azure-coloured sky that puts a spring back in my step and makes me want to look skyward rather than at my feet plodding through drifts of snow.
As Lytton and I made our way to the park, the sun was shining so brightly that it almost hurt to look out at the snow-covered grass leading down to the river.
Although I felt like donning my spring jacket, reason prevailed and I bundled up. Lytton put his head down and refused to wear his winter scarf. Instead he opted for his trusty, faded blue bandanna (see pic above – this one’s for you, Anne).
By the time we reached the river’s edge, the wind had picked up and my scarf came in handy. (That is one of the few things I am truly enjoying about this winter – I have great fun deciding which scarf I should wear. Since I don’t seem to be able to stop knitting scarves, much to the delight of my local wool store owner, I am building a rather colourful scarf collection.)
The riverbank and adjacent park are my favourite places in Regina no matter the season. There’s always something going on, be it rebel beavers, birds gorging on chokecherries and Saskatoon berries, graffiti artists, dogs greeting each other or kids playing soccer. In winter, the river becomes a shortcut and is well-travelled by those living on the other side of the river. (see pic above)
Lytton loves to run about, checking out many of the same spots on each visit. I watch for signs of spring, but the only ones I saw today, were the brighter colours of the Dogwoods and the Willows. (Dogwood pic above)
The Rosehips have stayed all winter long. Not surprisingly, there were no birds in sight today. They will be back though and the rosehips will be no longer….