Monday, May 25, 2009


Last week someone said to me we haven't had a proper spring in Connecticut in three years.

Because it's been, you know, raining. And gray. And the sun pops out for a day or two. Then it rains again, and is gray. And cold. Then the sun pops out again and everything turns green and yellow and purple.

Sounds exactly like spring to me.

That's the thing about spring. It's changeable and unsettled and it rains all the time an awful lot. I have always maintained that it does not turn nice in Connecticut until June. And this year is no exception. Which is why I usually stay away until then.

But summer is in there, under that rainjacket of spring, waiting to unzip the haze, bare its skin, and say, "Ahhhhhhhhhh........"

Kind of like Ledge Light:

We were at the beach a couple of weeks ago -- a veritable gift of a summer weekend in the middle of April -- although the beach was way colder and way foggier than our deck had been. At first, we couldn't even see Ledge Light out there, at the mouth of the Thames River.

But then, slowly, ol' Ledgie started emerging from the fog.

Just like the way summer emerges from the haze of spring.

All of a sudden, it's sunny more days than it's rainy.

And everything gets sharper . . .

. . . and clearer. And warmer.

And then, just like that, it's summer.


Me, You, or Ellie said...

Yay! Now QUICK - enjoy it before the leaves start to change colors!

And watch the mosquitos, eek! Poor Paul.


Me, You, or Ellie said...

Nice photos, Ellie.

Well it's now baseball season, summer, AND memorial day, your favorite -- ENJOY!

Springer Kneeblood said...

I think you're right on, Ellie! And, of course, I loved your post about holidays and how they become superfluous on the road...yet another reason I want to do what you and Bill did when I grow up!

KG said...

We've had a seriously rainy, cool, gray spring, too. It's hard when it rains every day for 3 weeks to find yet another indoor kid activity - it makes me want to bellow, "WHAT GIVES, MOTHER NATURE?!"

Captain Dumbass said...

Don't forget the pollen!

Kat said...

We had 3 beautiful days here in England and then the weather said "enough of that nonsense" and dumped rain on us. Lots of rain.

Debbie said...

Love the photos. You perfectly captured your story.