It pours

There's a creeping, slow subtly to April that really compels me. The grey skies, the icy rain, the just out of reach glimmer of, oh wait no never mind, warm weather is ages away. Landlords turn down the heat in buildings so everything feels damp. Thunderstorms thrash and freeze you to the bone in a way that not even the most paralyzing January blizzard can understand. At least then you're wearing woolly socks. By the time April rolls around, I've sworn off tights and winter coats till next November.  I'm defenseless.


April is quite possibility the coldest month out of sheer spite. All the while, though, there are flowers sneaking up on you when you least expect them. Impossibly big, lush magnolias enough to make your eyes roll back in your head before the first tree has even peeped a leaf. Every spring I say this and every spring it's truer than the last- I can't believe such beautiful things happen every year for us to see.

37 comments:

  1. Oh, this is so true. Hail is threatening to tear down the house as I write. Such a deceiving month! Love your photos and words, though!

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  2. I have read your wonderful blog for a while !
    Beautiful pictures.

    Easter greetings from Norway :D

    Lilleba ( on Rusk og Rask )

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  3. Thank god for now it's bright and sunny outside. Too bad there is too much school work and therefore be forced to coup up inside. Glad you took the time to enjoy the flowers and take such beautiful pictures.

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  4. I love magnolia time every year. Sadly, it was very quick and has ended already in Northern California. I always get out my camera and walk the neighborhood for the fuzzy coverings with flowers soon to pop out - so gorgeous! The petals on the sidewalk always look so pure and perfectly unreal almost.

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  5. perfectly said and beautiful, as per usual.

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  6. Gorgeous photos. Magnolias have been keeping me occupied. Summer is so soon.

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  7. it could have been snowing in NYC yesterday and i wouldn't have been any colder. can we talk about how stupid i look still wearing my winter down coat?

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  8. love the white and red of your photos!! the only spring concession i'll still make to winter is gloves - my hands freeze! but i refuse to wear wool coats in april. fleece jackets, maybe - but not wool!!

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  9. Your last sentence is ever so perpetually true. I am lucky enough to already have seen the crocuses, daffodils, forsythia and now tulips, and my lawn is a meadow of Liriope dotted with the first dandelions. It's not magic, but it sure seems like it every year!
    Thanks for the lovely pictures.

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  10. good gravy, your pictures are so pretty they hurt. makes me miss early spring outside Boston, if "missing" is the right word. We've got the same thing going on down here in Detroit, but it's not quite the same. Thanks :)

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  11. MAGNOLIA THYME.

    The only thing Joshua Tree didn't have going for it. That, and New England autumns (but desert autumns, my god, are pretty spectacular, what with all the desert indigo blooming and the smell of creosote after the rain).

    loves ewe.

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  12. I really enjoy your musings and the lovely photographs of the beauty that surrounds us. I'm quite incapable with greenery myself and so cannot help admiring your eye and sensitivity.
    It's cold and wet in Athens, Greece, too. I'm so longing for the dry, stupefying, paralyzing heat of our summers...

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  13. I guess we're lucky in the UK - this month has so far been warm/hot, sunny and dry! But then we always seem to have this fabulous preview of summer in April and then summer itself can sometimes disappoint!

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  14. so pretty! I would blow some of our warmth your way if I could, I'm so ready for some rain, it feels like drought here.

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  15. How lovely.
    I remember my Mom use to say that April always feels so RAW. I think it is the perfect description of that type of wet, cold, windy weather.

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  16. What a beautifully written post. Your words are as compelling as, well, as a day in April. Thanks.

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  17. truly lovely.
    you captured the essence of the rain beautifully

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  18. I too feel the endless bitterness of April this year. There are days the sun comes out and teases that winter is gone, but the next finds more snow falling slowing for hours. I have yet to swear off tights or my winter coat. Michigan is far too unpredictable for such things.

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  19. "before the first tree has even peeped a leaf".... BEST. PHRASE. EVER.

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  20. surprisingly for newfoundland our april has been wonderful! sort of warm (for here, anyways), not too much rain, lots of sunshine - it's definitely a change i welcome!

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  21. These are sooo beautiful . . . but dying for more warm weather.

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  22. Lovely... this has truly felt like a year where spring may never come. Thankfully I have felt the sun on my shoulders today I moved the pine needles out of the garden and actually found some sign of life. The muscari are labouring there way through the earth. Finally, please tell me it is spring!!? Hope you are experiencing some spring in your life! Happy Easter

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  23. Everything on your blog is absolutely beautiful.
    <3

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  24. oh but your pictures are always so compelling. xo

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  25. Magnolias are so pretty, they are really my most favorite sign of the approaching spring. I am sending you some sunshine from Switzerland, we had plenty the last days!!

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  26. i love spring and I wish it was still cool weather here in Az.. soak it up for the rest of us!

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  27. Hi,
    I love your blog and super cute pictures.
    Im always happy when my email account tell me that you have written a new post...Im turning 26 this summer and kind of feeling down, dont know why, but what i know is that reading your posts cheers me up. Keep on writing, decorating, taking photos, and of course, sharing them with us.

    Aly
    Puerto Rico

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  28. It's a cool spring in Vancouver, but we do have lovely blossoming magnolias too! They do give reasons for thankfulness-Thank you too for this lovely blog-

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  29. Lovely photographs. Where are you? April here in England is quite warm and sunny this year!

    x x Michelle
    http://www.thefeatherden.net

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  30. Love those pictures, thanks for sharing:)

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  31. Beautifully said, and so very true!

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