It is always interesting that how different the climate is at St. Johnsbury, Barre and even closer localities like Peacham, Marshfield and Danville compared to Joe's Pond, Cabot Plain and Walden. We are at least two weeks behind in the spring and always have snow much earlier than any other localities in the fall - and more of it! Last week I was impressed that the grass is turning nicely green on St. Johnsbury lawns, while lawns here at Joe's Pond still have patches of snow and it's too wet to rake away the winter debris in most places. Even in nearby Danville, trees are further along budding and flowers are inches taller in gardens. I saw several forsythia bushes in full bloom in St. Johnsbury - but here at Joe's Pond I'm betting it is rare to even find a forsythia that has survived winters here. I haven't had any luck raising that particular bush, but I'm hoping to try finding a likely place for one sheltered and out of the cold, harsh wind. If there is a spot like that around my house!
This picture is taken small island, Pearl Island, as it looked yesterday under the bright sunshine. This is a more ESE view towards North Shore Road and Old Homestead on the east shore of the pond.
Isn't it lovely to see all that open water? And no snow? Although we cannot see the ice further down the pond, it is still there, but dark and won't last long with the sun back out today. I was delayed from when I began writing the blog and while I was away from my computer, we had a few drops of rain, but now the sun it out full force again and it's an absolutely gorgeous day with the temperature well into the 70s in the sun. Whoopee!
So, shorter growing season or not, those of us who live here love it for what it is - and may appreciate warm weather and the summer months even more than most because of it. Enjoy your weekend, and if you haven't made your appointment to get your immunization against Covid, do so as soon as possible, wherever you are. That is insure that we all have a safe, more nearly normal summer this year!