We have declared spring!

8 April: We have declared spring! The temperature rose to over 70 three times this week. The flowering currents are spectacular (down in the back where only I see them), the service berry is almost ready to burst out, Nancy picked 118 dandelions this noon, and I took all my woolies to the cleaner. (Tomorrow’s forecast is for rain, and it was 42-this morning at 10:00). Also, tomorrow we will go to Lopez for four days, maybe have a burn pile, maybe walk to Iceberg, or maybe hunker down and read, or all of the above.

The last week of March Seattle hosted the Northwest Scientific Society annual meeting. This year’s meeting marked Steve’s 11th year on the board, and his fifth and last year as President. We had a very pleasant visit before and after the day’s affairs at his meeting. Dinner with all the Seattle based family members. Amy and Lib left the next day for several days at Aspen. David and Alexa took Steve for a nice walk in Discovery Park. Since he left, Nancy and I discovered (again) another walk for Steve and family when they are here again- Mercer Slough in Bellevue. No pictures with this blog. Martha’s pictures, and Amy’s wonderful video from Okiboji are greatly appreciated. Dick

Ramp-mania (or: spring is here!) ~

rampsIt’s still on the “brisk” side here in NYC, but the tulip trees (or what I call the tulip trees) are starting to bloom and even more significantly, ramps have appeared for their annual ultra-short but gastronomically acclaimed run at the Union Square farmers’ market. Ramps (read more about them here), otherwise known as Allium tricoccum and A. burdickii–or wild leeks–are super-delicious in omelettes or sauteed with mushrooms and served on polenta . . . whatever a person does with them, there’re a sure sign that spring is here: as I was buying mine at farmers’ market on Saturday, all of the other shoppers lined up for them were exclaiming — ah, ramps! spring is here!

That was yesterday; today, I logged some bike miles getting ready for another NYC spring event: the Five Boro Bike-Ride! 42 miles, through all the boroughs ofwindyapril5_09 New York City, starting in lower Manhattan and finishing there too by way of the Staten Island Ferry, and made possible (for me) by Amy and Lib’s being able to do it with me (yay)! So today I rode ten miles–up to 86th street and back on the bike path–next week I’ll go further! It was super super windy today; see windy-ness exhibit A at right (the flags!).

Before Amy and Lib come to visit, though, Arcadia will be here–to see the Bonnard “Interiors” exhibit at the Met–more anon on that!!