The first genuinely perfect spring day here in the Lowcountry! It was 80 here on the island, bright sunshine and just the sweetest breeze blowing inland from the beach. Everything smells of sun and sea. Birds of every variety singing joyously, even the plants rejoiced! My camellias, who have blessed me with daily blooms since December, went crazy with a wild, glorious profusion of flowers in this single moment of glorious spring weather. Reds, pinks, white, cream, and striped… all burst forth in a display unequaled with the long cold, dreary winter we’ve had this year.
In the yard, because the long-ago owners of this house were quite eclectic as to how and where they planted things, I have jonquils, narcissus, daffodils, and these lovely purple flowers I have yet to identify that pop up randomly in beds and lawn, and the huge red and white blooms of the amaryllis stuck against the wall of the house behind the azalea bushes. A joyous display for those with the time to stroll this big ol’ yard and just enjoy the randomness of it all.
Today was a walking day. To the bank, home, to the store, home, back up to the bank, back home…about 10 miles all told. By that last walk home my feet were protesting, so once I got past the big road I took them off and walked the rest of the way home barefoot. My tootsies were ever so grateful, the soft squish of turf and sand underfoot was a joy and a reminder that spring really is finally at hand…or foot, as the case may be. I rejoice in the return of flip flop weather. What could be more perfect?
Not that winter is through with us just yet. I hear there is another cold snap in a couple of days… but embracing these moments keeps it all in perspective. Winter will pass. Spring is at hand.
Tonight I sat out in my bright turquoise lawn chair in front of my little house and listened to the night sounds, lifted my face to the warm wind blowing in from the sea, and stared into a clear star-flung sky with a soft full moon bathing all below in its gentle embrace. And life, my friends, is so very, very good.