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It's Spring!
« on: March 21, 2019, 11:52:42 AM »
The diary indicates 21th March. It's the first day of Spring.

I remembered a fairy tale I was taught at school, that made me see things different then: Trolley Number 75, by Gianni Rodari. Time is passing so quickly and there are so many beautiful things (and people) around us we don't see, because we are always too busy. But unfortunately life can't go back. We can't rewind it. Can we stop for a minute and just see ... the Spring?

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Trolley Number 75
by Gianni Rodari


    One morning trolley number 75, departing from Monteverde Vecchio for Piazza Fiume, instead of going down towards Trastavere through Gianicolo, turned onto L'Aurelia Antica and after a few minutes was going through the fields outside Rome like a bunny on vacation.

    At that time all the passengers were occupied reading the newspaper. Even those who hadn't bought a newspaper read, gazing over their neighbor's shoulder. One gentleman, as he turned the page, raised his eyes for a moment, looked outside and stood up to holler:

    — Ticket boy, what's going on? Treachery, treachery!

    And the other passengers raised their eyes from their newspapers, and the protests became a tempestuous chorus.

    — But from here we'll go to Cittavecchia!

    — What is the driver doing?

    — He's gone mad! Tie him up!

    — What kind of service is this!

    — It's ten till nine and I have to be in court by nine o' clock — howled a lawyer — and if I lose the case, I'll sue.

    The ticket boy and the driver attempted to drive back the assault by declaring that they knew nothing of it and that the trolley wouldn't obey their commands anymore, but seemed to proceed quite by its own accord. In fact, the trolley at that very moment went directly off the road and stopped on the threshold of a little fresh and fragrant forest.

    — Oh, wildflowers! — exclaimed a woman. — I shall be late to the office and get quite a scolding, but all the same, seeing as how they're here I should just content myself with the wildflowers. It must have been ten years since I picked them last.

    She got off the trolley and with her mouth wide open breathed the air of that strange morning, then went to make a bouquet of wildflowers.

    Seeing that the trolley would have nothing to do with leaving, one after another the passengers got off to stretch their legs or smoke a cigarette and after a little while their bad temper disappeared like fog when the sun comes out. One passenger picked a daisy and placed in her buttonhole and another passenger discovered an unripe strawberry and yelled:

    — I found it! Now I'll put my business card there and when it's ripe I'll come back to pick it. And woe if I don't find it!

    And he took a business card from his billfold, stuck a toothpick through it, and planted the toothpick right next to the strawberry. The name: Doctor Giulio Bollati, was written on the business card.

    Two busy office workers from the Department of Education rolled their newspapers into a ball and began to play a game of soccer. And every time they gave the ball a kick they would howl: let it go!

    Overall, they were no longer the same busybodies who one moment before had wanted to lynch the trolley workers. And some passengers split a little loaf of bread and an omelet and sat on the grass for a picnic.

    But — Watch out! — yelled the lawyer suddenly.

    The trolley, with a jolt, started to leave all on its own at a gentle trot. The passengers made it just in time to climb on and the last one to climb up was the lady with the wildflowers, who protested: — Oh, but there's no point. I had just started to have fun.

    — What time is it now? — someone demanded.

    — Who knows how late!

    And everyone looked to their wrists. Surprise: the watches still said ten till nine. They saw that during their entire trip into the forest the hands of their wristwatches hadn't moved. It was a gift of time, a little extra, like when one buys a carton of powder detergent and inside the box there's a toy.

    — But that can't be! — marveled the woman with the wildflowers as the trolley got back on its course and hurtled down Dandolo road.

    And everyone was amazed. And because some still had their newspapers they started reading again and at the top of the newspapers the date was written very clearly: March 21st. Everything is possible on the first day of spring.


"In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars will be laughing when you look at the sky at night.. You, only you, will have stars that can laugh..."

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Re: It's Spring!
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2019, 02:00:05 PM »
In other words, take time to "stop and smell the roses". 

Officially, the vernal equinox happened at 5:58 PM ET yesterday (20Mar2019) marking the start of Spring and the weather here yesterday was a wonderful example of what Spring can bring after a long, cold winter -- a full day of sunshine and mild temperature.  Today is another example of Spring weather here in the northeastern part of the U.S. -- although mild, cloudy with rain expected. 


Take a walk through the "Security Garden" -- Where Everything is Coming up Roses!

Remember - A day without laughter is a day wasted.
May the wind sing to you and the sun rise in your heart.

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Re: It's Spring!
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2019, 02:14:15 PM »
In other words, take time to "stop and smell the roses". 

Exactly. And I love your rose on the piano.  :)
"In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars will be laughing when you look at the sky at night.. You, only you, will have stars that can laugh..."

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Re: It's Spring!
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2019, 04:39:47 PM »
Equinox v equilux - what's the difference?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-47660337

Paddy.. ;)
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Re: It's Spring!
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2019, 04:49:36 PM »
Thanks, Paddy.  Learned something new (or re-learned something I forgot :) ).  From that article (bold added):

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However, what we actually get depends on another factor - the weather - so more clear skies than cloud please![/quote]


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Re: It's Spring!
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2019, 04:07:19 PM »
Hey all!
Hope everyone is fine here on the forum, it was a while since I logged in here.
Yes, soon the spring is also here to call Sweden and then it is time to unlock the garage door and let out little heart in the open and start cruising. I'm just craving.

Hej alla!
Hoppas alla mår bra här på forumet, det var ju ett tag sedan jag loggade in här.
Ja, snart är våren kommen även hit till kalla Sverige och då är det dags att låsa upp garageporten och släppa ut lilla hjärtat i det fria och börja cruisa. Jag bara längtar.

Regards / Malou


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Re: It's Spring!
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2019, 04:24:30 PM »
Hej igen, Malou.  It certainly has been a while since you visited.  I hope you have been well.  As to cruising, that most certainly would be a fun car to cruise around in!


Take a walk through the "Security Garden" -- Where Everything is Coming up Roses!

Remember - A day without laughter is a day wasted.
May the wind sing to you and the sun rise in your heart.

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Re: It's Spring!
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2019, 09:54:01 AM »
Hej igen, Malou great to see ya about again..  ;)

Time zones: When Ireland had two..

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-47734003

Paddy.. 8)

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Re: It's Spring!
« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2019, 08:23:13 PM »
Spring, but here, in the eastern Mediterranean, we have the Electra storm and yellow warnings! No electricity in the streets right now.  Winter is back... Back to hibernation. Good night! (Although the DST tomorrow will make us sleep an hour less...)
"In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars will be laughing when you look at the sky at night.. You, only you, will have stars that can laugh..."

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Re: It's Spring!
« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2019, 08:44:39 PM »
Your return to winter and what I see as return to winter, Panos, are rather different.  The forecast is for the temperature to drop from the current 67F/16C to 25F/-4C tomorrow with snow, although the snow will change to rain as the temperature rises during the day.


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Remember - A day without laughter is a day wasted.
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Re: It's Spring!
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2019, 02:03:22 PM »
Finally.  :)

"In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars will be laughing when you look at the sky at night.. You, only you, will have stars that can laugh..."

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Re: It's Spring!
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2019, 02:24:01 PM »
I have to watch what I plant because the deer eat almost everything.
We've lived in our home for 30 years and this is the first time that the deer have completely eaten all the ivy. We have ivy planted on the banks at the front of the house. Now it is just a mass of roots. Sad. I won't plant more because they will just eat it.

I have to search for something they won't eat. At least my daffodils are safe. I do have lots of bright yellow flowers in my garden.

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Re: It's Spring!
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2019, 02:25:19 PM »
Very pretty!  Much too soon here although crocus and daffodils are starting to bloom and I also saw evidence of the hyacinth buds beginning to pop out of the ground. 

The deer have done the same thing here, plodr. 


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Re: It's Spring!
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2019, 02:39:51 PM »
The deer?? Wow!!! It's so difficult for me to create a picture of this in my mind! It's like the movies! Here, the danger comes from the cats!  ;D

My sister sent me the photo, to make sure that I took the spring message. She has a very small garden, but on the pavement she has 3-4  flower pots like the above. In a month nothing will stay alive because of the very high temperatures.
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Re: It's Spring!
« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2019, 03:42:01 PM »
Here's a picture I took from the window of a couple deer in the front yard.


Take a walk through the "Security Garden" -- Where Everything is Coming up Roses!

Remember - A day without laughter is a day wasted.
May the wind sing to you and the sun rise in your heart.