Blossoming Spring

The force that through the green fuse drives the flower... 
first line of a poem by British Poet, Dylan Thomas

April showers turned naked, leafless branches into gorgeous blossoms and  flowering, fluorescent green trees that show off their glory. Even on the grey days, green shoots push through the soil (and bravely force their way through concrete) to announce the end of winter.  Fat, heavy rain drops sit on petals and cobwebs, hydrating the earth. I am grateful for the abundance of beauty in nature.

This month of May, as petals open and the weather warms, may you shed any remnants of winter, feel lighter and brighter, and experience Spring with the wonderment of a child.

Our son, Ramsay, will become a one-year-old in a couple of weeks, and this is his first Spring. Taking walks with him brings me endless joy, as he observes and studies every detail of life around him. His reaction to a thistle reminds us to find fun in the little things. Enjoy this quick video:

Soul Food

The Groundhog was Wrong.

Late last week, with hopeful signs of Spring, I swept the deck, and put out the patio furniture and umbrella, anticipating warmer weather and sunny days. Alas, it was a bit too early, as there are inches of snow on the ground this morning. Cold weather makes me pine for hearty soups and stews.

Makes me grateful for internal warming with great friends and good food.  A Moroccan meal with friends in their inviting home recently has a special place in my heart, conjuring up memories of travel to Marrakesh a few years ago when I lived in London. Fragrant spice markets and the aromas of roasting tagine dishes were a feast for the senses.

Wishing you warming thoughts and soul-nourishing food on a wintry day. – Tracy