"It was imprudent of us, in the first place, to become authors. We could have become something regular, but we managed not to.
We were lucky, but we were also determined." Roy Blount Jr

"I don’t change the facts to enhance the drama. I think of it the other way round, the drama has got to fit the facts,
and it’s your job as a writer to find the shape in real life."
Hilary Mantel

Friday, February 24, 2012

Snowy Drop

Let the record show the earliest ever open to gardening season.

As the snow cover receded from my front garden in recent days, I suspected that bulbs might be sprouting beneath the insulating blanket of leaves. Just now I stepped outside to investigate, to pull away the autumn leavings. When I did, I exposed the snowdrops, always the first of the flowers to come--but never, ever this early!

Nearby I found more green tips rising from the ground--probably hyacinths, possibly early daffodils.

I ought to be thrilled. But it's disconcerting, unsettling--alarming, even--to see bulbs in February. In New Hampshire.

As if to comfort me, snowflakes are lightly falling. I don't think we'll get more than a couple of inches at the Lodge, if that, and it will almost certainly melt away very quickly. Once more revealing the peculiarities of this on-again, mostly off winter.

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