Swedish Spring

Well, springtime is here. Normally I’d be happy about that, but we didn’t really get a proper winter, and so I’m feeling kind of cheated. Yeah, that’s right. I actually like sub zero temperatures. Or, rather more accurately, I like discernible seasons. The freezing weather makes me appreciate the warm weather. Plus, snow is pretty.*

Without much snow, the winter was pretty drab. When what little snow we had finally melted away, I was feeling a bit bummed about it. So, to counter the sad feels, I went out and took some pictures of the pretty things I could find, despite the drabness. And so I figured why not make a blog post about it. You know, to spread the joy.

First up: duckies. It’s hard to feel sad around duckies.

 

And while I’m sad to see the frozen lake melting, it is kind of pretty in its own way as it thaws.

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The moss growing on this rock almost looks like a tiny little forest.

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And then there were these weird pod things. I tried taking a picture of them with the wind blowing, which resulted in a somewhat surreal looking photo. I kind of like it.

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One of the things I love in Sweden are the cute little red houses. Of course, for the blog post, it didn’t occur to me to take a picture of, you know, an actual house. But I did take pictures of parts of such a house… Doors and windows and such. Seemed more interesting for some reason.

Like this one. It’s a door that hugs you with love and stuff.

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And then windows. I think there might be a kitty in one of them (click “Next” below the picture to scroll through). In the other, I don’t even know… Also an old water pump, which I think is really cool.

And because I’m not sure whether or not there was a kitty in the window, here’s a kitty on prowl. Because, kitty.

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Another good thing with the arrival of spring is the forest trail I usually walk through is no longer paved with ice. I went walking there yesterday, and found myself grinning as I did. I don’t think I realized how much I missed it. Spring. We shall get along nicely after all, I think.

Are you happy to see spring arrive? Or, if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, autumn?

 

*It’s actually snowed this morning. So now I’m mostly confused… 😉 It will probably melt during the day, though. Probably.


12 Comments

  1. I’ve been waiting for Spring here in the south east of England as well, because, yeah, it hasn’t been much of a Winter. We had a few beautiful frosts, which brought me out with my camera, but mainly it’s been grey and dull and damply chilly. I would have liked to have had one snowy morning, even though it doesn’t stick around in the south, but no, we were not granted that.

    We had a bright frost this morning, sunshine and ice on the leaves and any flat surface, but I think I’m ready for Spring now.

    • Sara C. Snider

      Yeah, I hear you. Grey and dull isn’t exactly exciting. Oh well. Spring seems to be here, despite the snow that keeps falling from the sky today (though it’s not sticking). The soon-to-be-blooming crocuses tell me so. 🙂

  2. Jennifer Tyron

    Thanks for this! Delightful and light, it made me smile today. Also, is it wrong my first thought on the water pump was Fallout 4? Hah!

    • Sara C. Snider

      Yay, I’m glad! Haha about Fallout. I hope it’s not wrong, because then I’ve got problems too. Every time I walk past a construction site or a shipping container, I’m eyeing it, thinking there’s zombies or something in there. (I know Fallout doesn’t have zombies, but ghouls may as well be the same thing.) 😉

  3. Lori Wing

    Nice pics! Duckies and kitties, my favorites. We have a new yard kitty that needs a home. Cuddle time twice a day (minimum) until we find that home. I’ll FB a pic for you.

    • Sara C. Snider

      Duckies and kitties go hand in hand. Or paw and… webbed foot. :/ I saw the kitty pic! You rock for giving transient kitty much needed cuddles. Looks like Kelly might take him though, which is awesome! 😀

  4. Love the duckies – they made me smile. 🙂 This year I enjoyed having a mild Canadian winter – the last two were bitterly cold where I am (much colder than usual) so it was a nice change. But now March has been colder than February. Payback time! The birds are singing again, though, so I know spring is coming soon. I always notice when that winter silence is broken. It lifts the spirit!

    • Sara C. Snider

      Glad to have made you smile. 🙂 I just love how ducks are all squat and stubby-legged. Excellent. I’ve noticed the same thing with the birds singing. They’re really starting to get into it here, and you’re right, it’s a sure sign of spring.

  5. Michelle Morrison

    Love the pictures. We don’t have drastic season changes where I live in California, but I do like it when the flowers start to bloom and it’s a little warmer. I imagine you do get used to snow when you live in an area where there it snows, but I prefer warmer weather. I do agree snow is beautiful.

    • Sara C. Snider

      Thanks, Michelle. 🙂 I’m originally from California, and I think it was the lack of distinct seasons there that made me appreciate them here. Plus, I am *not* a hot weather person. I never used to like summer (or the sun) until I moved here. We usually only have 2 – 3 weeks where it’s unbearably warm. The rest of the time it’s usually quite nice. After I first moved here, a Cali. family member asked me what I liked about Sweden. When I told her “the weather” she looked at me like I had completely lost it, haha!

  6. Love the photos, especially the ones of the windows. I love the character of old homes. My home is a hundred years old and one of the things I love the most about it is the original stain-glass windows that peek out the side of the house. My husband hates it and wants it replaced with a regular window, but I love the color and the “oldness” of it. It’s seen a couple of families go through here, and it will probably see dozens more before its demise. They just don’t build houses the way they used to.

    Love the pods photo. You’re going to have to go back and take pictures when they’ve bloomed. I’m kind of curious what they’re going to look like.

    • Sara C. Snider

      Thanks, Tanya. Glad I’m not the only one drawn to windows. Your stained glass window sounds amazing. I love stained glass, and original 100-year old glass? Yeah, I’d definitely keep it as well.

      Those pods are kind of weird, aren’t they? I don’t think they’ll bloom, though. I think they’re more of a dry seed pod that doesn’t flower. I’ll definitely keep an eye on them though and see what happens. 😉

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