"The birds will all be going north, now." Says Mum. "We should go out at do some birdwatching!"
Mum is only half joking. She is very intent on seeing migratory birds which have shown up on radar in vast numbers, flying at night. Tonight, it is clear and there is a huge moon so she no doubt imagines the flocks of warblers, sandpipers and plovers outlined like a handfull of rice thrown up against the moonbright sky.
My mother is visiting us from Australia. Its a season of contrasts: freezing winds and spring flowers, sudden breaks of warm sun and blustery squalls that fill the upright wheelbarrow with water in a matter of days.
Today, in faith, we planted potatoes and some hardy vegetables like chard and lettuce.
Despite the wintry spring, we have been getting out a bit: to the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, walking the neighborhood, watching birds and have been on a trip to the coast. Mum has a mission to stop Beezle using piddle pads and takes him out many times a day, wind, rain and shine. Beezle pulls at the leash, digging in his feet to avoid going outside in the rain to pee.
|Mum in the kitchen|
|Spring flowers from Magnuson Park|
|Frost at Hurricane Ridge|
|Spring tulips in a neighborhood garden|
My first attempt at writing this blog was simply this:
MY MOTHER IS VISITING. SHE HAS COME.
Well, now she (and I) are gone to bed and only Josh and Beezle remain in the warm spot on the couch.