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Just a small reminder that spring really is on the way!

– PHB

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raindrops keep falling

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June has been wet and cool, except for that one crazy heat wave. The garden is happy, and this columbine is perfect for capturing big fat raindrops.

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Fortunately, the sun has been breaking through in time for softball and nobody minds a few puddles.

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We are still in school for two more weeks, with lots of field trips and excursions planned, so we’re hoping the sun continues to make timely appearances, especially when Grade 4 ferries out to Georges Island in Boston Harbor, and for our Canobie Lake day. But today, we’re hunkered down in the library, watching the rain.

– PHB

rites of spring

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Recitals, Softball Games, 4th Grade State Projects, Chorus Concerts, Birthday Parties, Garden Planting, Fez Wearing, and Watching Things Bloom…. this is what we’ve been up to in the slightly madcap month of May…!

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– PHB

april showers

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Rained overnight, so everything was wet, and rainwater is pooling in these shells that stayed out in the garden under the snow all winter.  The quahogs look their best when wet, especially the gorgeous purple insides.  We painted the outsides, down on the Cape last summer — they are not in their natural state! It’s easy to see why the Wampanoags and other tribes used this material for jewelry or wampum.  I just like seeing the shells and knowing that spring will soon give way to the delights of summer.

GHB and LHB usually go clamming at least once while we’re vacationing in Brewster with our friends; I think these shells may actually be from one of the batches that ended up being boiled into a chowder!

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Here are a couple of other shots from the just-coming-back-to-life April garden.

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– PHB

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spring sky

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Still light in the sky after 6:00pm.  In spite of the persistent piles of frozen snow, we can feel the turn of the year towards spring.  Evening traffic on Summer Street, heading out in the B bus to pick up the dance team gals.  Took this through the windshield. Not the most spring-y image, but something about the light gave me that first gut-level sense that change is in the air.

-PHB

delightfully unexpected bully

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Today’s headline in the Boston Globe made us smile.  It’s true that yesterday’s huge and un-forecasted snowfall interfered with commutes and jobs and caused consternation throughout Arlington and all of metro Boston.  Due to a super-tricky forecast and tough decision about road conditions and snowfall rates, schools in our town had to open for the day even as families and teachers struggled to get out of their own driveways and sidewalks were impassable, buried under 15″ of snow that fell rapidly between 5am and midafternoon.  But look at this gorgeous snow creation taking shape in the yard today! 

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Even though they had to climb over drifts to get to school yesterday, for the most part this significant late-season snowfall has been nothing but fun for GHB and LHB.  Although I could not get the B bus out of the driveway until late afternoon yesterday, because I was stuck working from home I was able to keep up with shoveling the sidewalks and saw neighbors I haven’t seen in months.

When released from school, kids were thrilled to get out and play even though it was still coming down, and the wind was pretty fierce. LHB and pal Megan crafted a sphinx-like snow tiger, about to pounce on Summer Street passersby.

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Today, routine errands turned into a mountaineering expedition as LHB and GHB attempted a diagonal ascent of this humongous parking lot pile!

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It was so sunny and beautiful, this pile is melting fast.  Fortunately, we got the errands done in time to spend the balance of the afternoon working on the molded-brick fort.

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We’re a little anxious about the warm temps and how long the fort will last, but as the sun is now setting and we’re headed back below freezing for tonight, I’m feeling pretty confident we’ll be able to enjoy it again tomorrow morning, before the sun warms things up again.

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I think we’re pretty ready to Spring Forward (!) anyway.  Time to change the clocks….

– PHB

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