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.
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.