March “In like a Lamb, out like a Lion”

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A cool day by the water

I can’t help but think of this old folk saying as the bitter winds this week have burned my cheeks and made it a chore to stay outside for any length of time.  It is quite a contrast from the somewhat balmy temperatures in the earlier weeks of the month when I could work outside for hours comfortably.

March tends to be a strange month in this part of the country.  We can have an entire winter without snow and then get a week of it in March. Although some flowers and blossoms are out, the trees are still mostly bare so it isn’t a very appealing month.  That’s probably why many people around here take a short trip to Hawaii or Mexico at this time.  But, I definitely prefer this kind of weather over what many other parts of Canada experience at this time – either Winter or the dismal season of Spring break-up when the snow melts to reveal a winter’s accumulation of sand, gravel, grit, litter and animal droppings. One advantage of the West Coast abundance of rain is that it usually keeps our streets pretty clean.

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Mussel shells

At this time when Nature is not yet decked out in full colour, I look for beauty in the things that don’t change with the seasons.  Things like these mussel shells remain unchanged in any season.

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Live mussels and seaweed

Although many trees are still bare, the narcissus have sprouted with a vengeance, not to be swayed by a few icy breezes.

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Narcissus

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