Wednesday, February 24, 2021

A taste of spring

Tuesday turned out to be a beautiful day after some morning overcast cleared away. Our neighbors from Blois were out (parents, children, grandchildren, and friends) working in their yard all day, mowing, weed whacking, trimming, raking, and who knows what else. I, on the other hand, got two things done: I cleaned up and mowed the oregano patch and pruned our eight grape vines. I could get more done if I had a small army to help. But it's still only February. We have a lot of time.

Fresh spring geraniums on a window ledge. Loches, May 2006.

Today may be the best day of our spring-like spell before it cools off and the rain comes back. I've got one or two more things I might tackle outside today. It feels good to be outdoors and starting the spring cleanup. It doesn't have to be all done at once. As they say in France, petit à petit, l'oiseau fait son nid (little by little, the bird builds its nest).


  1. I'm using the poco a poco approach to my terrace clean-up. You seem to be more efficient (i.e., productive) with petit à petit.

  2. I love that expression, which I learned from your blog :)

  3. I'm of the mind of a little bit of work for a day too. Some days just one thing will do. Just like practicing a musical instrument - a bit of time each day adds up.

  4. I'm envious of the warmer weather. Belated birthday wishes for Natasha!

  5. Very pretty geraniums. I’m using the petit a petit approach with the boxes in the garage.

  6. mitch, I don't know about that. I do have more space to deal with.

    judy, I learned it from our neighbors across the road.

    sillygirl, yup. I always say "one thing a day." That, and "lunch."

    michael, :)

    rob, thanks! Your spring will come!

    bettyann, I like that color and will look for it for this year's deck geraniums.


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