I guess it is official. Winter is over.
Spotted snow may remain on the ground, and the occasional cool breeze will linger, but the clocks have changed, and the sun will stay in the sky until after 7pm.
The beginning of spring is always an exciting time, when colors, smells, sights, and sounds that all but vanished from the world in the wintery tundra, begin to reemerge. We remember the feeling of the sun on our skin, and the joy of lounging out on the deck with a cold beer. We dream longingly for hot weather, refreshing swims, and the sound of the ocean swelling around us.
With the smell of fresh cut flowers and drying laundry filling my kitchen, I can’t help but feel that the winter months have flown by in little more than a fleeting glance. Before we know it, we will be back at the hostel. We will be assessing the affects and damage caused by the past six months of cold weather and endless wind. We will be making a plan for the summer, deciding what projects to pursue, which crops to plant, and which hikes to tackle.
We will be welcoming new faces to the hostel, introducing them to the wonderful world of rural Newfoundland. And we will be greeting old friends, sharing stories from our time apart, and having new adventures together.
So today when you Spring forward and set your clocks in preparation for the summer months, think about how you want to spend these coming times of warmth.
Where will you go? And who will you share your good times with?
Perhaps you will head out East to discover a new place, explore some local hikes, or see whales leaping from the sea.
Or perhaps you will join us to share a few stories and a beer.
Until then, enjoy this lovely tune: