Thursday, May 8, 2014

Snow in May

... my neighbour's deck and birch tree -- May 3rd...
Greg and I drove back together from the Shuswap.

 I told him the only regret I had on leaving is that I hadn’t had time to go to D Dutchman Dairy for a scoop of their ice-cream. He wheeled right around and we stopped by the outlet which was at its best. No big loads of tourists pouring out of buses. Just us, walking up and down the glass cases, trying to figure out which would be the best flavour to order. Greg was modest – a one-scooper. I choose the size which they call enormous – and well worth every bite. And having tasted so many of the varieties in my life, I already have my opinion about what is best, though that opinion may vary when I walk up and down the isle, trying to decide how to pick only two flavours.
... the climbing area in our backyard playground ...

Greg and I were on our way back to Alberta. I like driving with him. He never breaks the speed limit. He always stops for a cookie and some milk – either at Golden or at Revelstoke ... or if I am lucky, at both places. He is a pleasant conversationalist. If I am lucky he will talk about politics. Or maybe even the news.
... Ride-A-Duck is seen behind a snowed in trike ...

Spring in Alberta could look like a day in any of the seasons.

For example, when we woke up the next morning, it could have been winter with that 10 centimeters of snow.

I don’t care if it falls or not. I faithfully plant my sweet pea seeds on April 1st.

I took a course where the instructor said that this is the thing to do ... and what is the use of taking a course, if you don’t listen to the teacher. This year I planted the Dominion Day package – just white and red.

They shall bloom before July 1st, or they will suffer.



  1. I read this post out loud to David because he reported it had snowed at D Duchman Dairy. I did a dramatic reading of the last line. He smiled and said, it wasn't that scary because I already read that post.

    We discussed how you could make your sweet peas suffer. We thought the meanest thing to do would be to squish them, but you could also make them suffer by putting them in a vase after cutting their stems.

  2. I know that I am supposed to plant my swea peas April 1. Two days ago I took out the seeds I had saved from last years pods and put them in some water to give them a head start on sprouting. Maybe I will get them into the ground tomorrow.

  3. The first time I saved the pods of my sweet peas, I put them in an uncovered container to dry. Weeks later I began to find sweet pea seeds all over my floors. That is when I realized that they dry, pop and can spring right out of the pods and manage to make it away many feet from where they began. The next time year I stored the pods in a well sealed brown paper bag. I love conquering nature.

  4. One way I can be kind to the sweet peas is by tying them up to the chicken wire behind them, so that they can learn to grow upwards to the sun. If I am mad at them, I can make them suffer by having to find their own way to the chicken wire and many of them can't make it.

    Don't worry, David. I will be kind and tie up every last seedling so that it will have a full opportunity to flower in the summer sun.

  5. duncan says "you guys are immensely lucky to get snow. it might snow here only once or twice a year. it is the most mild climate here. I wish i had snow. i mean, seriously, growning up without snow sucks. i am missing so many snow days"

  6. We are so lucky in Calgary. We might even get snow on the long weekend which is coming up. For sure there will be rain this weekend and if the temperature dips down to zero -- then the snowfall will be thick and beautiful. Our tulips and sweet peas know how to live through this. And so do Calgarians. We get the snow days and we love them so much that we don't put away our snow shovels until June.