Dance of the Flowers

By: Proserpina , 2:44 PM GMT on April 02, 2014

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Come and let us seek together
Springtime lore of daffodils,
Giving to the golden weather
Greeting on the sun-warm hills."
- Lucy Maud Montgomery, Spring Song

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It's spring! Farewell
To chills and colds!
The blushing, girlish
World unfolds
Each flower, leaf
And blade of sod—
Small letters sent
To her from God.
~John Updike, "April," A Child’s Calendar, 1965

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Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer. ~Geoffrey B. Charlesworth

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Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. ~Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke

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Our spring has come at last with the soft laughter of April suns and shadow of April showers. ~Byron Caldwell Smith

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Every April, God rewrites the Book of Genesis. ~Author Unknown

"This spring as it comes bursts up in bonfires green,
Wild puffing of emerald trees, and flame-filled bushes,
Thorn-blossom lifting in wreaths of smoke between
Where the wood fumes up and the watery, flickering rushes.
I am amazed at this spring, this conflagration
Of green fires lit on the soil of the earth, this blaze
Of growing, and sparks that puff in wild gyration,
Faces of people streaming across my gaze."
- D. H. Lawrence, The Enkindled Spring

"Awake, thou wintry earth -
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!"
- Thomas Blackburn, An Easter Hymn

If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. ~Nadine Stair

I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become, I will always plant a large garden in the spring. Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature's rebirth? ~Edward Giobbi

Prima Ballerina (Proserpina)
Prima Ballerina
Nature's Art (Proserpina)
Nature's Art
Color the world in sunny yellow! (Proserpina)
Color the world in sunny yellow!
Flowering Quince (Proserpina)
Flowering Quince
The Face of New Blooms (Proserpina)
The Face of New Blooms
Pear Blossoms (Proserpina)
Pear Blossoms

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110. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
8:31 PM GMT on April 27, 2014
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109. palmettobug53
1:59 PM GMT on April 27, 2014
Good morning, Pros.

We had no problems from the high winds that I know of.

If there was any major damage, like they had in NC, I haven't heard about it. I get most of my newsworthy info these days from The Weather Channel and Fox News.

It seems our local TV news and the local paper have become nothing more but an expanded police blotter, gossip news and entertainment news. Very little state or national news. I'm about fed up with both of them.

The weather here is lovely and my yard is just filled with birds.

Aqua, that is a beautiful amaryllis and the parsley does set it off nicely.

Mine are red with a small white stripe and have just popped open. The bulbs were given to me by a neighbor of Dad's, when he was living in Sumter, SC. The Colonel's yard was gorgeous. He also gave me some ginger lily corms, which are doing well.
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108. aquak9
1:44 PM GMT on April 27, 2014
hi mom, hello to all friends-of-mom

Weatherwise- your pics are beautiful, I really enjoy the birds, I have been seeing your pics whenever I log on. I am lucky to have access to such beautiful bird pics, as I really love the little fellows. Mom bought me a nice birdfeeder for (my first Christmas married to her son) a gift, and we ADORE all the little birds.

Mom- here's the amaryllis that I got in a trade, fresh lettuce for amaryllis bulbs. That was about three years ago, and I love it whenever it blooms. The greenery is parsley- it holds up nicely with the amaryllis.

(garden pics in skye's blog- too many to overload you here)

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107. NumberWise
11:12 PM GMT on April 26, 2014
Pros, you have done a wonderful job bringing spring flowers to me via your blog. Often I browse through just to smile at the flower photos. I'm especially drawn to the pear blossoms - I'd like to have that embroidered on a silky T-shirt. By the time flowers really get going here in upstate NY, everyone else is complaining of the summer heat!
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106. Proserpina
10:56 PM GMT on April 26, 2014
  • TS, I'll start with your post as I am copying and pasting. I have read some of the material on Dante and the article on insomnia. Yes, I can identify with both issues. I am not familiar with Prue Shaw's work on Dante but the book will be put on my list of 'to read'.
Here is the quote from the post:

Tu proverai si come sa di sale
lo pane altrui, e come e duro calle
lo scendere el salir per l'altrui scale.

'You will know how salty is the taste of another's bread, and how demanding a road it is to climb up and down another's stairs'

Yes, I can identify with this quote/idea. Perhaps not exactly as Shaw sees it but with my own 'twist'. Sometimes the salty taste has been an extremely bitter taste for me.

By coincidence yesterday we received the 'Italian America' magazine (My husband joined the Sons of Italy as the husband of an Italian-American wife!). In the magazine there is an article titled 'Are you Italian?" which discusses how difficult it was for Italians in the 1920s and beyond. The difficulties came from prejudices and rejections they encountered. As a result Italians worked hard to become Americanized and to accomplish this they 'forgot' about their culture, at least until recently when Italo-Americans are looking for their roots. One of the examples given to illustrate the problems encountered,  is a photo of a poster from WWII which among other things says 'Don't Speak The Enemy's Language, The Four Freedoms Are Not In His Vocabulary. Speak American!". Enough said. Except to mention that at least 26 Italo-Americans have received the Medal of Honor, the first one was given to George Ferrari, born in NY in 1845. I know, I stepped on a Soap Box!

Sandi, I agree, doctors do not know everything and I do not always listen. Now and then though I know it myself that I do need to make some changes, not totally but a little here and there. If not for health I need to lose weight for my own mental state. Today I went to buy some clothes, I needed a Spring suit for a formal 'business affair' I will be attending. I did buy something but I hate it, I hate the way I look, I hate that I've gained so much fat while losing a couple of inches. There in the mirror was a fat, squat person I just did not recognize! Can't bring back the lost height but I should be able to lose a few pounds.
I have enjoyed the photos of flowers that you posted here, thank you for helping the Spring blog be cheery, colorful, and flowery!

Hi Bug. Izzy is luck that the eagle did not succeed in taking off with her. I have seen the photos of poor Izzy after the attack and the puncture wounds are nasty looking! Of course we all have read how eagles can and do take off with small dogs and there are reports even of babies being snatched! I had never heard of a cat being attacked.
How are you feeling? I heard on the news that high winds did lots of damage in North Carolina, was South Carolina affected by the winds at all?

BC, if I could send Spring your way I would! As Proserpina I've done an awful job this Spring! I need a refresher course! I'll come and bring you a photo or two soon but that's the best I can do. By the way, our usually beautiful Dogwoods are nothing but raggedy, tiny, half dead semi-flowers, at least in my neighborhood. They never opened all the way, did not grow into the usual size, and are half burned!

NumberWise, thank you so much, glad that you enjoy the photos. I did not know that you life in upstate NY. Right after our marriage we went to live in upstate NY, in Elmira. We were there for a little over two years. As I recall, Spring started sometime in late May and by Sept. we expected a little snow, which soon would be followed by blizzards. After three winters in the Elmira area (before that in MA) we decided that we had had enough snow for a while and moved to VA where the weather would be more pleasant. Well, we have all kinds of weather problems here too! I must say that I did love Spring and Fall in upstate NY and did enjoy Watkins Glen, Seneca Lake, etc. etc.

WeatherWise, I have seen your beautiful photos of the gorgeous Red Headed Woodpecker! I also rated them, 10 of course! So glad that you are enjoying your visit with the grandchildren. My happiest moments at this time of my life, are the moments I spend with the grandchildren (and our sons and their wives too). I have been rather busy, nothing important but appointments and chores. Soon I hope to make my visits to the blogs to see what is going on with my pals.

Aqua, the photos of the zucchini and the beans are beautiful! I love to see how your garden is growing, flourishing, yielding fruit! Raindad will write you a little note as soon as he feels better. The pollens are really bad this year and both of us are suffering with allergies. Antihistamines do not seem to help a lot. Unfortunately for Raindad, if he has head problems, soon the problems migrate to his chest-stomach and suffers additional problems. He will probably end up in the doc's office come Monday.
On top of it all we had a little problem last night. At 2:30 am Mimi and I jumped awake after hearing some horrible noises from downstairs. I woke up the man of the house who sleeps like a log and hears nothing. We both went downstairs and eventually determined that our furnace or part of the furnace went kaput! So Monday we have our furnace/air conditioner service people come to look into the situation. In the meantime we have no heat, hopefully it will not get cold tonight nor tomorrow night. The house is getting old just like her owners!

As usual, I apologize if I did not respond to a post. I will try to get around the blogs tomorrow. Happy rest of the evening and Sunday.
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105. sandiquiz
3:03 PM GMT on April 26, 2014
Linda's losing the car in a parking lot reminded me why I bought Oscar! Previously I had a blue car, along with half the population who owned that model. I got fed up of trying to find my car...was it in row K, or was it in row M??
Now I only have to stand at the top of each row and look for Oscar's orange rear end sticking out... usually he is the only one of that colour!

Not more medical problems for you? My dear girl - doctors do not know everything, or they would never get ill, so my mantra of ...."a little of what you fancy does you good"! is what I live by. Trouble is, I forget the other saying ..."everything in moderation"!! lol
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104. palmettobug53
2:18 PM GMT on April 26, 2014
Happy Saturday, Pros.

Eek... No more sweets? High blood sugar? How awful.

I guess we have to do what we have to do but it isn't fun, not at all.

I'm enjoying your flower photos very much.

AQUA! Kizzy was snatched by a bald eagle? Thank heavens she's OK.

Your garden is looking good. All those veggies. Yum.
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103. Proserpina
1:30 AM GMT on April 26, 2014
Aqua, Raindad received the cookies. Two rolls of the cookies are gone! He says that they are delicious and just the way he likes them. I am sure that this is the case.

I have not tasted them yet because spending two hours yesterday with my doctor who told me that I must lower the blood sugar, was that much fun. I will sneak one in at some point! My resolve vanes after a few days.

Sweet other friends who have been posting on my blog, I WILL respond as soon as I get my act together. :)
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102. BriarCraft
10:25 PM GMT on April 24, 2014
The pear blossoms on my trees have been mauled and abused by the heavy rains. How any bees can make it around to pollenate them, is anybody's guess.

Your blog is the closest I can get to spring. I am definitely exasperated with the so-called spring here. It has rained 3.1 inches in the past week, with more on the way. There are puddles in my garden, puddles in the lawn, puddles drowning my pansies. Average rainfall for the MONTH of April is 3.6 inches.

Aqua, can you hear the whine in my voice? I tilled the garden on April 13, hoping to till again around the 17th and plant cool weather crops that won't mind if we get a late frost. The 17th was when it started to pour. I am so envious of your squash blossom and green beans. The cookies are looking pretty darned good, too.

Send some spring this way, Prose. Or at least some pictures of what is supposed to look like, so I can show them to Mother Nature and remind her about springtime!
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101. WeatherWise
1:47 PM GMT on April 24, 2014
Hi Pros, Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog and leaving me all of those pretty flowers, Hope you are having a beautiful week and spotting many birds on your daily walks. I have had a most exciting time this week - spotting the Red-Headed Woodpecker with my granddaughters. It's been a Happy Birding Week - a self declared holiday to celebrate. I have posted several shots on WU and even received ACs on two.

Happy Birding Week!

I think this woodpecker at Pickwick Landing State Patk, TN perhaps likes us as it has come down to us on each visit. Perhaps it is our food we are feeding the ducks or the fact we stay close by all morning or afternoon when we go.
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100. aquak9
1:41 PM GMT on April 24, 2014
hi mom- you know I love the pink dogwood, but I keep looking at the flowering quince- it is so pretty, too- esp at the edges of the petals where they attach to the interior of the flower (can't remember my biology terms this morning)

Kizzy is happy and meowing, and her puncture wounds look good. I'm glad the vet shaved her so I can see them better.

Not good quality pics, but it was nice to go outside this morning, and see these.


Italian Pole Beans-

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99. Thoughtsteader
11:50 AM GMT on April 24, 2014
Good morning, Pros! Oh, my. Do I have a gift for you! One of the bloggers I read happened to mention an article by the author AL Kennedy on insomnia. Turns out, it's part of a series in "The Guardian" on authors and insomnia. You can see the whole list here. The Kennedy piece is great, and I'm sure the others are, too, although they're still on my "to be read" list.

I found the original link in a wonderful blog maintained by a fellow with a passion for Dante. I think you might also enjoy this post. Even I'm tempted to find Prue Shaw's book on Dante and give it a whirl. And don't miss his related post, "P.S. Dante's Salty Bread". Some of your own life experiences accord with Dante's experience rather well, I'd think.

As for your note in my (shortly to be changed blog entry) about forgetfulness - oh, my, yes. It's becoming more of a problem for me, too. The good news is that my forgetting is usually easily remedied. How do you spell the plural of mosquito? Is there an "e"? Where did I leave that screwdriver? How could I have forgotten the cumin? That's what I went to the store to purchase.

But so far, no losing the car in a parking lot or forgetting to turn off the stove. (Well, there was that one time, but I didn't need that cutting board, anyway.)

Have a good day. It looks like it's dry outdoors, so I'm going to try for an early start. It's starting to warm up, and summer's creeping this way. I'm beginning to remember what it was like to work in the middle of a summer afternoon. ;)
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98. aquak9
11:47 PM GMT on April 23, 2014
hi mom- the cookies are on their way!
and there's a pic of Kizzy in Skye's blog (she was picked up by a bald eagle) but she will be ok.

Hi GardenGirl- it's Raindad's birthday soon- I hope the cookies make it there in time. And making a family
tree is very interesting when you're adopted, and you're finding your blood family!

love you mom
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97. Proserpina
10:49 PM GMT on April 23, 2014
Aqua, Oh my Guardian Angels! I know someone who will enjoy those cookies! You sure baked up a storm today! :)

, poor little birdies. I sure hope that today's heat is not a sample of what is to come to your area (and probably mine as well). I am not in the mood for a bad summer!

, do you know where the wishbone tradition got started? I wonder if it was in England. A quick search should yield an easy answer. For many years I kept the wishbone tradition but only for the Thanksgiving turkey. The last few years I have not adhered to tradition.

Thank you very much for the beautiful Easter greetings, photos, etc. I have acknowledged the longer posts on your own blogs.

I am doing a bit of genealogy right now, I found new records on line. Also I have a bunch of appointments and errands. I'll drop by on and off as time allows me.
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96. GardenGrrl
9:25 PM GMT on April 23, 2014
OMG Aqua, the Ancestral Family Tree Software comes with fresh cookies! I want that program.

Hi Prose, we have some heat here today. The bird bath is very popular this afternoon.
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95. aquak9
9:18 PM GMT on April 23, 2014
What a wonderful day! And I bought the Ancestry Family Tree Software, too.

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94. sandiquiz
2:29 PM GMT on April 23, 2014
I like making new traditions, and I hope the Easter Brunch is one you can enjoy for many Easters to come!
I have only one tradition I like to uphold and that is pulling the wishbone on a chicken/turkey I have cooked. I always make a wish..... and over the years, some wishes have come true... others? Well. maybe not so true!! lol

Hope you are having a decent Wednesday :)
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93. Proserpina
9:59 PM GMT on April 22, 2014
Hello. We are getting a rain shower at the moment but it has been a pretty good day weatherwise.

I hope you all had a good Easter. Hubby and I took our son and his family out to brunch, it is our new annual tradition. The Sheraton in Reston has a nice restaurant that features a lovely Easter brunch. I did not take many photos so not photo posts this year.

Thank you for the Easter greetings you left here, they are much appreciated.

, you have regular mail! :)

Happy rest of Tuesday everyone!
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92. Thoughtsteader
1:24 PM GMT on April 20, 2014
Your blog is the prettiest, springiest thing around! So many lovely photos of flowers - just the thing to brighten up this Easter morn, since we're blanketed with thick fog.

I presume you have some plans for the day. It certainly looks like it will be a good one, weather-wise. I'm off to the country a bit later for a little wildflower peeping and a picnic lunch with Carolyn. Then, it'll be a little housecleaning tonight, an eye appointment tomorrow a.m., and then nothing but work this week, for as many hours as I can get in. I've a May 2 deadline for a project I've not yet started, and with beautiful weather forecast for the whole week, the only limitation on getting it done would be laziness on my part! Can't have that.

Happy Easter to you!

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91. GardenGrrl
10:26 AM GMT on April 20, 2014
Best Easter Wishes
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90. Barefootontherocks
5:11 PM GMT on April 19, 2014
Easter Peace...
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89. calpoppy
4:56 PM GMT on April 19, 2014
Happy Easter Pros!

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88. Skyepony (Mod)
2:21 PM GMT on April 19, 2014
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87. Proserpina
12:41 PM GMT on April 19, 2014
Easter 2014 @Maria photo PicMonkeyCollageEaster2_zps7ce90ddc.jpg

Wishing you a blessed, joyous and peaceful Easter. I wish the same for those of you who celebrate Passover.

Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life. ~S.D. Gordon

Awake, thou wintry earth -
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness! ~Thomas Blackburn, "An Easter Hymn"

I think of the garden after the rain;
And hope to my heart comes singing,
At morn the cherry-blooms will be white,
And the Easter bells be ringing! ~Edna Dean Proctor, "Easter Bells"
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86. sandiquiz
11:26 AM GMT on April 19, 2014
I have been posting a sunrise all around WU as my Easter greeting, but for you, it had to be something special....

A daffodil blog requires a daffodil greeting :)

Happy Easter, Dear Pros:)
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85. GardenGrrl
4:36 PM GMT on April 18, 2014
Whew, finally found the comment box.

Aqua, so wished you worked where I work. Bunny Ears are priceless fun :) Okay, that isn't a smirk, it's the new font. Should be a big smiley :D there that's a bit better.

Hi Prose, the more I hear Strauss the more I think I will buy some Strauss from Amazon to put in my music library. Thank you.
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84. aquak9
2:21 PM GMT on April 18, 2014
hi mom- you know it's not too often that I would put personal distress on the blog...you know I'd rather call. You make me happy when I call!

Taking the bunny ears to work today. Last week, some of our repair tech were wearing sombreros. I didn't ask why, it seemed normal. Let's see if anyone comments on the bunny ears, or if they just realize this is normal for me.

We are about to get 2-4 inches of rain over the next 36 hours. Well, that's what THEY say. We'll see what really happens.

love, me
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83. Proserpina
2:05 PM GMT on April 18, 2014
Good morning. Mimi and I have taken our walk and now I can enjoy my second cup of coffee.

Hi Sandi. GGM was truly a literary giant of our times. He and Borges revolutionized new ideas in lit and ways to express them. "Love in times of cholera" is a must read for everyone. Of course it helps to know some of his other works to really appreciate this book but it does stand all by itself as well.

, sometimes I think that my own life is a form of 'magic reality'. Not necessarily in a positive way but certainly in an enigmatic and at times disastrous ways. I have read his last letter, it is a gift to us his fans, and anyone who takes the time to read and learn from it.
I also read the 'eulogy' from the Dutch lady who lived in Mexico. Once again I understand what she is saying as I saw that mode of thinking (the woman who lived with her family and took care of generations of young people) when I was growing up in a magical place, a disastrous place (WWII), a place where superstition was alive and well, as was love and joy. I too have memories of the people who served in our home and who took care of me, at times covering up our childhood transgressions so that our father would not punish us.

thank you. Glad that you like my flower photos. How wonderful that you have the opportunity to go to a Poppy Preserve! I will be looking for your photos. Have a wonderful time during your outing.

Aqua, what a sigh of relief when I found out that you are not talking about your personal life (the cat graphic). It really fits with the way I feel about the WU changes!
So glad that you are enjoying the flowers and the ears are definitely a fine ornament on your head! LOL!

thank you for remembering that I enjoy seeing the annual photo of your Dogwoods. I have noticed that the flowers of Dogwoods near my house are stunted! It seems that all of the freezes, rain, hail, etc., have prevented the flowers from developing normally. I'll know for sure in a day or so if my theory is correct or not.

Briar, thank you for the info, I will leave a comment about how I feel about the new WU. I did go to the classic view but the next time around the page automatically goes to the new view! I guess I will keep trying to get the classic, and or adapt to the new face of WU.

Ylee, thank you for the info. I will take a virtual trip to Australia and find my 'namesake' town. Actually the spelling of the town is Italian and not the more commonly known name of 'Persephone'. Sicily is know as the Island of Proserpina/Proserpine/Persephone.

I guess it is time to try to find my buddies on WU using the new look! Have a blessed Good Friday (if you observe this religious day). Or just have a nice Friday and weekend.
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82. sandiquiz
7:52 AM GMT on April 18, 2014
So sorry to read about your friend. Sad news for you.

I came to say that I loved the image Aquak posted... it reminds me of a cat I had years ago - he had the self same look on occasions! lol

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81. Thoughtsteader
10:30 PM GMT on April 17, 2014
Hi, Pros ~ I'm just home from work and saw the sad news I thought of you immediately.

Have you read his Farewell Letter? It's such a wonderful gift. You can see the entire text here.

And a lovely blogger from my area, who also has taught Spanish literature (and who lived in Mexico) has posted this lovely tribute.
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80. Proserpina
10:21 PM GMT on April 17, 2014
As an AP Spanish Literature teacher I taught about GGM and his work. I wrote several articles on his work which were published as guides for AP Spanish Lit teachers. I feel that a literary 'friend' is gone. May he RIP

Thursday, April 17, 2014 4:29:01 PM

News Alert

Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at age 87

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the master of magical realism whose rich and allusive explorations of myth and reality in Latin America won him the Nobel prize for literature and a place among the greatest writers of the 20th century, has died. He was 87.

The Associated Press reported his death, but details were not immediately available.

Known throughout Latin America by the pet name “Gabo,” the Colombian-born Mr. Garcia Marquez was a journalist, novelist, screenwriter, playwright, memoirist and student of political history and modernist literature.

Read more at:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/ nobel-laureate-gabriel-garcia-marquez-dies-at-87/2 014/04/17/4a1d02ce-c66c-11e3-b708-471bae3cb10c_sto ry.html
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79. calpoppy
3:31 PM GMT on April 17, 2014
Quince and dogwood flowers, two of my favorites!! Not for here, but I can enjoy them at your blog!! I had them when I lived up in the mountains. A beautiful pink dogwood with Veronica Waterperry planted underneath with sweet woodruff. One of my favorite combinations.

I am going out to the Poppy Preserve next week with a friend. Though the California poppies aren't the best this year, it still looks like a good show.
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78. Proserpina
2:58 PM GMT on April 17, 2014
Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.

John Ruskin

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77. aquak9
4:09 AM GMT on April 17, 2014
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76. Bogon
2:24 AM GMT on April 17, 2014
Hi, Prose. Today I went out to check on the progress of spring. The dogwood seemed undismayed by this morning's chilly low temperature.

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75. BriarCraft
12:28 AM GMT on April 17, 2014
While I hope it is many, many years from now, I hope that when your time does come it really is ok to say that 'she happily died with a camera in her hands'. We should all be so lucky!

I do admire your perseverance in going outside, camera in hand, in search of a worthy photo or two. Sooner or later, you'll succeed in getting that shot you crave.

Since the NUWU roll-out, I have not set foot in the photo galleries -- I'm having enough trouble figuring out how to wade through the blogs. It certainly is more cumbersome than before!

Please stop by the New Site Design feedback page and vote on the fixes you would most like:
http://help.wunderground.com/forums/233172-new-si te-design/category/81357-blogs

And you can find WUclassic at


For some unknown reason, I can't get "link" to work with that, but the address is valid.
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74. aquak9
9:54 PM GMT on April 16, 2014
oh dear, that pic is HUGE. I hope it is normal size in your world. Feel free to delete it
if needed.
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73. aquak9
9:52 PM GMT on April 16, 2014
hi mom- you know I love the pink dogwoods, thank you so much for them. AND- we love the flowers! you know I'll be wearing the bunny ears to work- thankyou so much!

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72. Ylee
4:20 PM GMT on April 16, 2014
Briar reminded me that near the Airlie Beach cam on my blog is the little town of Proserpine, in Queensland, Australia!

Hope you are warming up!
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71. Proserpina
4:12 PM GMT on April 16, 2014
WTS, thank you! I am home! I am home! I feel like Dorothy and Toto!
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70. WatchinTheSky
4:04 PM GMT on April 16, 2014
Good morning, Pros! Looks like a little chilly there ;) Thanks for commenting on the poppy, they are striking!

You should be able to type in classic.wunderground.com into browser and go to the 'classic' site.
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69. Proserpina
4:02 PM GMT on April 16, 2014
Good morning from wintry VA! Woke up to 30 degrees and it is not much warmer yet. I and Mimi froze this morning during our short walk even though I had a winter jacket on, and gloves! The wind is making the chill feel even worse.

It rained all day yesterday and there was flooding here and there. Trees came down in places, not here however. It may be Spring technically but in reality it is winter still!

I wonder what is happening with the photo gallery. Over an hour ago I posted a photo but it still has not come up in the gallery. In fact I have not seen any movement in the gallery. Perhaps WU is making more changes!

Stay well everyone.
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68. Proserpina
8:31 PM GMT on April 15, 2014
Ylee, classic? How do I go to classic! What do I need to do?

In addition to the rain we have a growing wind and temps getting colder by the second! If I had long johns I would wear hem tonight!
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67. Ylee
8:06 PM GMT on April 15, 2014
Hope you are under a warm blanket, sipping hot cocoa! Supposed to be in the 20s here tonight; what happened to spring? :(

The NUestWU has a lot of potential, but it still needs a lot of work! Me, I'm running Classic until they get the changes made!

Take care!
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66. Proserpina
7:10 PM GMT on April 15, 2014
Good afternoon. Although there were a couple of rays of sunshine within seconds they disappeared and rain has been the word for the day. Hubby just got home from an errand and he said that he had to double back and go a different route because a street near us is closed due to flooding. Mimi is going nuts, more than usual. She needs to go out but refuses to go out, and she won't use the pad. Darn crazy around here.

I SAID IT BEFORE AND I REPEAT 'I DO NOT LIKE THE NEW FORMAT! The size of the script is large but I have more difficulty reading it than the previous look! Can't find anything because nothing looks familiar. I am told that I do not have any photos on WU! Really? Am I the only one at sea? Anyone else disliking this new format? Do we have a choice of formats as we did before?

Sandi, hopefully I am talking hypothetically! Thank you so much for keeping the blog alive and your concern. All is well, however I could use a little sunshine.

Aqua, thank you very much. That's one beautiful rose! How are the geezlings doing?

Hi Allie, I am so sorry about the vision problems. The good thing is that after the second eye is fixed you will see better than you have in a while. At least that's what happened with my hubby. As to the weather? Somebody got it wrong this year!

Hi Skye, thank you. I hope all is well with you.

WW, are you getting a lot of rain in your area? Our birds are a bit mercurial. Two variety of birds vied for my bird house, they fought like mad about who was going to nest in it. They finally gave up and the house remains empty. Unless the Chickadees had laid eggs and the Sparrows ate them. I say this because the Chickadees kept going into the house but the Sparrow's only stuck their heads into the hole of the house. Do you know if Sparrows are predators?

HI Bug
. Your Bluebirds know when they are squatting on friendly surroundings! Glad that they took residence in your birdhouses. The only Bluebird that I have ever seen is the one at the Botanical Garden, the one I saw last week (I posted the photo here). I have never seen one in my yard nor neighborhood. I suppose I need to set up a BB inducing milieu!

WatchingTheSky, hopefully a BB or two will come your way. I need to inform myself about the needs of BB and their habits. Then perhaps I will succeed. It seems thought, that even when one knows, they do not always cooperate. Good to see you WTS.

Ozgala, I wrote some comments on your photo post. I guess my stomach bug might explain my lack of concentration as seen on that post...

Hi BC, you always come with positive and lovely comments. Bless you dear lady, you have a kind gift. The pear tree blossoms are now in bloom but drooping with all of the rain. I've taken lots of photos today (rain and all) but I have not been able to produce a decent photo. The gray day, the rain, the wet camera, etc. are all conspiring against the quality of my photos! I'm not giving up though, the day is still 'young'.

I hope that I did not miss anyone's comment, if so, I apologize. Thank you for stopping by, it is always a pleasure to see you all.
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65. sandiquiz
3:12 PM GMT on April 15, 2014
Quoting 64. Proserpina:

.....and when I die from pneumonia (I am soaked) it is ok to say that 'she happily died with a camera in her hands'!

I do hope not!! LOL
Get a hot shower and a hot chocolate!!
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64. Proserpina
3:05 PM GMT on April 15, 2014
Good morning. I must be better as I have just proved that I am crazier than my gold nut husband! I went out in the rain three times to take photos, on of the times it was heavy rain! Of course most of the photos are not of acceptable quality. I have just admitted to my husband that I am crazier than he, and when I die from pneumonia (I am soaked) it is ok to say that 'she happily died with a camera in her hands'!

I'll be back...
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63. sandiquiz
2:44 PM GMT on April 15, 2014
Morning Pros - So glad to see you report in as requested, once back from your appointment:)

Hope you are beginning to feel better:)
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62. aquak9
2:26 PM GMT on April 15, 2014
for you- hope you are feeling better soon

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61. Alleyoops
10:39 AM GMT on April 15, 2014
Good morning dear friend. Love your spring flowers. Ours are just peeking above ground and were assaulted last night, with a late snowfall. We got about an inch or more and as I look out am not pleased to see everything white again. Late Easter, late spring, dad always use to say. I think he was right, at least this year. Although we will be just above freezing for the next couple of days, it won't be until Thurs when we are back to more normal temps of 50 F. Looks like we may have a nice Easter wknd. Temps tonite will be 28F and to think yesterday morning we were sitting at 70F. Unless we get some really warm weather soon, planting will be late this year for our region.

Hope you have a bodacious day dear one. Sorry to hear you were not well. I have been having a lot of problems with my arthritis, not to mention adjusting to this crazy eye. Had my cataract surgery on one eye, waiting until May 7th for the second. My head aches from the uneven vision. I can see fine without my glasses for the eye I had surgery, the other is nothing but blur. The strain is driving me crazy unless I block the bad eye out. Not fun. I will be glad when its all over and I have my new reading glasses. I know patience is required. LOL, when have you ever known me to be patient though....

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60. Skyepony (Mod)
1:21 AM GMT on April 15, 2014
Feel better Pros!
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