Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Spring is in the Air


The starlings are nesting, daffodils are blooming, the sun has shown us his face earlier every morning, and warm days have arrived.

The daffodils along the fence line were planted by Neil, Hugh’s Dad  in 2003, they bloom more every year, and the King Alfred are almost finished, the ones with a pale orange trumpet are flowering now, The other day I picked well over 60, and could not see where they came from.

Daffodils on the fenceline

The firewood heap is growing, and on my wish list is one of these, of course there is a better machine, that does almost everything, but at $39,000, maybe a bit much for Hugh’s pocket. Meantime this will do the trick.

My wish list  is a firewood machine with conveyor

I always marvel at the tree rings, indicating the age of that tree, early rings are at the outer edge, next to the bark, narrow, wider, concentric, uneven, these all indicate growth patterns, drought, spring rain, or overcrowding on any side. This one had some variations.

Pine tree rounds

Quotation of the day, by John Muir


The clearest way into the Universe

is through a forest wilderness.

Greetings from Jean


TexWisGirl said...

the wood is beautiful. so are your spring daffies. :)

Georgia said...

The daffodils are lovely! Happy Springtime. I'm looking for tiny indications that the temperatures are cooling down here. Not much encouragement yet. G

Our photos said...

Interesting, those tree rings !

Jenny said...

What a lovely lot of daffodils you have. Puts my sad little pot to shame.
I love Spring - and roll on Summer.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Fun to see spring blooming somewhere as fall is creeping in for us.

camp and cottage living said...

yes, the tree rings always interest me too. Where it is colder, like the Yukon, the trees don't grow much and the rings are very tight.
So many daffodils, Jean, they are so pretty the way Hughes father planted them in a ring.
How is Hugh doing?

Julie Fukuda said...

Those daffodils seem very happy where they were planted. As a woodcarver, I enjoy those rings. If only they could talk and tell their story.

Carol Mattingly said...

I miss the Daffodils that come with Spring. We are awaiting the change in leaves. Cooler today, finally, after many weeks of nineties.

Michaele said...

Wow - that is one nice fence line!
I marvel at tree rings too. A lot can be learned from them.

KB Bear said...

I love tree rings too! Apparently, you can pick out drought years from the thinner rings...

The daffodils are divine!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I love the feeling of spring returning!
Thanks for sharing it!

We're preparing for fall, of course.
I love change.
I am saying good bye, for now, to all my flora and fauna!

Brit said...

OH I envy you spring.....here it's autum and althoug it's nice too I prefer spring / Brit

Jim said...

Jean, I always learn something new on your blog! And today I learned that the earlier rings are on the outermost part of the tree! I always thought it was the other way around....thanks for straightening that out for me, Jean!
you will so appreciate all this work you are doing in the autumn!!

Nancy J said...

Thanks you for all your lovely words, and Jim, I was so wrong, Oldest rings are in the centre, and youngest at the bark edge. I mis-read something I looked up in Google, and got it so wrong!!! Blame it on too much hard work! Cheers, Jean.