Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Spring Springing...

I feel like it's taken forever but spring has finally arrived. Apparently it was here March 20th , it just didn't look like it at the time!

Spring usually means I'm outdoors prepping flower and vegetable gardens, clearing away the dead vegetation, stirring the compost and planting trees (42 of them this year). I woke up yesterday to find that 18 of the small sapplings I had planted were all carefully dug up to get at the eggshells and bone meal I had put around the roots.

As we have a pretty short growing season, I usually start my vegetable seeds indoors. It's a lot of work but oh the rewards! There is nothing as thrilling as seeing the little sprouts breaking through reaching for the light.

Another sign of spring is our annual fiddlehead picking outing, aka the Ostrich Fern. There are no words to describe how incredible it feels to be out there, communing with nature and just seeing the resilience of each species of vegetation from the tiniest seedlings, to moss covered trunks to the tallest trees. Once there, I just never want to leave. Of course that might have something to do with the fact that all those fiddleheads have to be cleaned and blanched and packed up and frozen. The rewards of this tedious work will be most enjoyed next winter, when thoughts of spring are once again a vague memory.

Still the biggest sign of spring is the lack of time to spend in my studio. Perhaps if the house renovations were done it would be different. I'm hoping to find this out next year once the renovation of both house and studio is complete.

In the meantime, I'll continue to use my blog to ramble on and record past works, even though my head is bursting with new ideas and a desire to create that won't be held down much longer.


Karin said...

I love your spring pictures! Such sweet little sprouts :) With the weather improving, is there any way you can create outside?! I have to admit - with the beautiful weather we've been having, it's hard to spend a moment indoors. I just want to sit in the yard and breathe...! Happy spring!!

Robyn said...

There's something very beautiful and powerful about unfurling fern fronds. Your day out gathering sounds blissful.

Curio said...

Karin and Robyn,

I have such a deep feeling of being in touch with kindred spirits whenever I read your words and I find such a deep comfort in that. I hope you both feel it as well! And although I don't blog as regularly as you both do, I will always be a big fan of Beyond Words and Art Propelled but more importantly , of you both!

Robyn said...

Thank you Curio. I do indeed feel the connection and have to admit when I read about your ideas bursting to be free I wanted to cheer you on and tell you just to get into that studio and lock the door behind you....then I realized that if you could you would so I mentioned the ferns instead :-)

bridgette said...

i love fiddleheads! I had them as decoration on my wedding cake. :)

I know that feeling of having to postpone creating because of current living conditions- that's how last summer was when we moved. It was interesting though once I was able to start creating again.....things had changed while I was away from the studio. In a good way! Sometimes a forced break is good for us. But I hope the break for you isn't too long!

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