Friday, April 14, 2017

Friday's Hunt v 3.15

Today has been a vacation day for me - I decided not to work today, so I have enjoyed a somewhat relaxing day so far.  I was also able to think about my Friday's Hunt post a bit more than usual these days!  What a treat to have a day that I didn't do any work at all!

Our prompts from Eden Hills this week are:  Starts with O, Week's Favourite, and Blossom.

Starts with O
Last weekend I spent the weekend at the Maritime Fibre Arts Retreat, as I mentioned in my last blog. It was held at a hotel that looks out over the ocean.  I live near the ocean but we don't often make a special trip to see it.  There are not very many beaches here - it is a very rocky coast.  Here you can see that the ocean was very calm by the hotel grounds, but it is not always that way.

Sometimes, the ocean is very rough - here you can see that a lot of rocks have been thrown onto the land as a result of heavy surf in the winter storms.  These are along the front of the cabins at the hotel, which are separate from the main part of the hotel.  The groundskeepers will probably clear all the rocks and throw them back into the ocean because it will be hard to mow the grass with all those rocks there!

The hotel looks out over to Oak Island.  This island has many famous legends associated with it, mostly pertaining to buried treasure.  This is a picture of the island, just off the coast.  On the right side of the picture, you can see it is connected to the mainland with a small causeway.  You can also see it in the first picture I posted.  There is a recent television series - The Curse of Oak Island - created by the two brothers who now own the island.  I haven't seen it - I don't watch TV.  It is privately owned but there are tours on occasion in the summer.  I doubt there's any hidden treasure there, but I suppose you never know.  They have found some interesting artifacts there.

Week's Favourite
My favourite picture this week is my little chipmunk friend!  I haven't seen him (or her) since last fall, so I was ever so happy to see those stripes again this week.  I saw the squirrels all winter, but not a sign of the chipmunk.  Hooray for spring!

Finally, the snow has melted away from one of my garden beds.  That was just this past week because we had quite a few days that were warmer than usual for this time of year.

I was thrilled to see my first actual blossoms in my yard today!  Here are some crocuses that have opened today.  I didn't plant these - they were already here.

We moved into the house last June, so by then, the crocuses were already finished for the year.  I wasn't sure what spring bulbs might already be in place, so my mom and I planted a whole load of tulip and daffodil bulbs last fall.  We didn't plant any crocus though.

I am so glad to see their happy little blossoms brightening my spring garden bed.  Soon the tulips will be pushing their way higher.  I can see a few emerging already.  I also saw these little green spikes emerging today.  I'm not sure what they are, but I thought it was interesting that the shoots have gone straight through the brown leaves from last year that had fallen into the bed.  They are very determined little shoots!

The bed on the other side of the house is still partially under snow.  I'll be looking forward to more blossoms in the coming weeks as the rest of the snow melts and things begin to grow in earnest.


Tom said...

Hi Claire, great shots of the "O"cean, man that would be one rocky walk along the coast! Love you little chipmunk. We have traded our crocus for daffodils. At this point I'd have to hunt for snow around here.

Jim said...

Hi Claire ~~ It is nice to have a day off, just for ones self. I guess I have a lot of time for me but really I am behind on the things I should do. The chipmunk is cute, I am glad you have him and not us. We don't have squirrels here although there were plenty 68 miles away to the north, where we moved from.

Michelle said...

I wonder if those green shoots are grape hyacinth?

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

Always fun to see the signs of spring!

Margaret Adamson said...

I love the shot of the Crocus.

Lin said...

Oak Island...that TV show is DUMB. It's one of those "theory" shows that keeps speculating, but there is never an answer and they never follow any of the clues they find.

Cute chipmunk. I used to like them until one appeared in my yard last year and he kept eating all of my tomatoes and digging up all my plants. There is a price on his little chipmunk head this summer.

LOVE the flowers! Sooo pretty!

Gattina said...

I love oceans, seas and big lakes ! and the little chipmunk is soooo cute !

Anonymous said...

How I would dearly love to take an ocean vacation! The chipmunk is adorable! Glad s/he's back! Your blossoms are beautiful. It will be interesting to see if you have any other surprise blossoms come up this spring. Thanks so much for joining Friday's Hunt. Sorry I'm late to visit.

Anonymous said...

We're not far from the ocean, but rarely go there, either. We do have beach, and it's crowded when the weather is nice. Love your chipmunk! I've not seen one of those in years! Glad to see your flowers are starting to pop! It will be interesting to see what all you have hiding under that snow.