I have left winter behind me now.
The sun is shining, birds are singing, swallows have arrived and the first group of new House sparrows are jumping around on my roof. Spring is here for real :-) It is a wonderful morning and the kitchen door is open and will stay that way for as long as the sun stays. There is a risk of clouds later today but so far so good.
I slept like a baby all night not feeling anything from my thumb. Naturally it still hurts a bit but nothing compared to how it was yesterday. I think I’ll change the bandages tomorrow so I won’t disturb the wound to early. I guess it is stuck rather hard since I must have bled quite much even after the stitches. They didn’t change the bandages on my hips at all the first week after surgery so perhaps it’s to early tomorrow?
We walked in the village this morning and the cattle has finally arrived. It’s almost only highland cattle that stays outdoors all winter here but they are experimenting with other kinds as well now. As long as they can drink and walk in to a shelter in bad weather they really have very little problems with low temperatures. But just seeing the cows and their calves is a sign of spring :-)
Another sign of spring is when I put out the plants I’ve had in the cold cellar all winter. I only have a few geraniums left down there and those will most likely be picked up today as well. If there’s a risk of frost I’ll just put a blanket over the plants during the night. We usually have our last night with frost the first week in June. I also brought out those Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) plants that germinated already in the seed package. I’ve placed them all in the shadow in my patio, sun would kill them all this early in spring. The leafs has like us no protection towards the sun light after staying indoors all winter.
But I think I’ll place the pawpaw’s and geraniums indoors during the night, I’m a bit more careful with them, especially the pawpaw’s since I’ve failed with them before. I’ll try to have them in pots for as long as it is possible and let them spend winter in the greenhouse but they will most likely become to big in the long run and then they’ll have to either die or survive in my garden. The greenhouse effect isn’t that effective up here yet :-)