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April in New England continues…

As I type this, the runners are off for this year’s Boston marathon. The weather is lousy. Chilly, windy, rainy. I’ve never run a marathon and don’t intend to, but last September I ran the Dingle half-marathon in wild conditions on the southwest Irish coast. It wasn’t cold, though. The Boston marathoners are much more experienced, no doubt, dealing with all sorts of conditions. Wish them well!

Everyone I know up here is beyond ready for a good stretch of warm days. The magnolias in Boston’s Back Bay are ready to burst into bloom, one of my favorite harbingers of w… Read More

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Ah, yes, let it snow…in April

It’s snowing!

Ack. Having lived in the northeast my entire life, you’d think I’d be used to snow in April, and I guess I am–but that doesn’t mean I’m in the mood for it. Since I live in Vermont, I do run into dedicated skiers who love spring snow. I like to get out cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, but right now all I can think about are the crocuses, daffodils and lilies popping up under the snow.

The daffodils in the photo are in the Cotswolds in England, not here. Pretty, aren’t they? I took this shot a few years ago on a good “ramble.”

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