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Signs of Spring

Signs of Spring

The snowbanks are melting, although the 17-storey Mount Slushmore in the west end may take until next winter. My five-year-old is delighting in pointing out hints of green among the brown blades where grass is exposed. My seven-year-old is thrilled to be wearing a thin fleece-lined jacket instead of an adapted sleeping bag. Today I saw a robin, and yesterday, when we took the kids for a long walk, we saw a pair of migrating geese (and boy, they looked pissed that their pond was still frozen over).

Best of all, today I took Ms Trudy Phillips out for a (too-short) ride around the block:

Happy to be playing in the sunshine. Someday I’ll figure out the art of the panda shot.
Sensible shoes: my shiny black rainboots, worn with thick knee-high socks and capris.

The sun and cool breeze on my face were absolutely heavenly. I must put more air in her tires and have another go, ASAP.

The residential roads are finally ice-free in my neighborhood, although the margins are covered in a winter’s worth of the dirty sand that makes Americans who visit Edmonton in winter think we don’t have paved roads. These shots are typical of conditions in the back alleys:

Skeptical bicyclist is skeptical. I’m wondering if my iPhone camera will get a decent shot.
As you can see, there’s a little stream running down the middle of the alley behind my home.
Some of the puddles are fairly deep.

So, things are improving! Hopefully we’ll be able to come fully out of hibernation soon and announce a Critical Lass date for May…