At last the snow shovels and galoshes can be put away and we can begin to see the first welcome signs of green making its way up through the remaining patches of snow. Soon the Crocus will follow and greet us with their tiny bits of emerging color. At least, that’s the way it should be in the rest of the country…..
It’s unfortunate that the folks back in the eastern states can only wait and try to remember the spring of bygone years. This year, however, it’s different. The Network News this morning foretold of the approach of yet another Nor’easter…..
Out here in the Foothills of Northern California, we are enjoying bursts of golden Daffodils and return of the Hummingbirds and Robins.
Down in the Sacramento Valley the Almonds Groves are blessing us with their ranks of snowy blossoms.
How fortunate we are to live here.
But……it’s also time for a bit of reality!
Spring is also the time to prepare for the approach of the fire season here in my rural district, an ugly reality in this country. So here is how it goes:
· The weeds are about the right height for a through mowing and some careful spraying around the Propane Tank.
· Since Calfire requires a 100 foot defensible space around the house and outbuildings, it’s best to make a careful walk around to see what needs cutting, raking, trimming and removing. That means anything combustible that is close to the house. These things are what they call, “Ladder Fuel” meaning anything that fire could “climb” on up to the house.
In my next Blog, I will deal with some other “Spring Things” in more detail.
In the meantime, enjoy the turn of the seasons!