A week ago, we tossed our heavy winter jackets and opt for our light jackets and surprisingly, we managed to enjoy outdoors sans our gloves and bonnets
but only when the sun is out. Last weekend, my daughter was back in the saddle and enjoyed cycling once again. After the Karneval season, it seems like the temperatures started to creep high, at least now it’s not negative and no more Glatteis. We’ve had one to two days in a row of lovely sunny days, but often times it’s still grey and cloudy. The sharp winds brought chills and rains visits us occasionally and you know how it feels when it’s cold and raining at the same time–It sucks! Weather can be so unpredictable as ever! The snow has finally melted and the frozen lakes were back to its current again. Despite the obvious signs of spring, winter is still all over here in Germany, especially here in Bavaria.
Although the true arrival of spring in the northern hemisphere does not happen until the spring equinox on March 20, there are signs of the end of winter and the arrival of warmer weather. If you’ve been out, I am sure you wouldn’t miss it.
And yes, our winter gears needs to stay a bit longer more…
These ‘Pussy willows‘ are all over the place and they are sold everywhere. The best ones are in the weekend markets. They are perfect home decoration for the coming Easter celebrations. Every Bavarian household makes an ‘Osternbaum‘made of twigs from ‘Palmkätzchen‘ with plastic Easter eggs hanging on them. I saw these wild bulbs on our way to the park last sunday and I couldn’t resist but to take a close up shot!
These lavender lovelies gives such a happy vibes to the brownish almost barren gardens.
And look what I’ve met the other day, a gorgeous snowdrop among bunches of dried leaves in the garden! I am looking forward to find a field of these little beauties. It is so refreshing to see them after the long cold winter days and their color totally remind me of the Winter wonderland in Austria !
So many wildflowers are sprouting and starting to bloom. The lilac Crocuses are little wonders, small as they can be. But for the bees, they are the source of inspiration for the coming warmer days.The other day, I saw my daughter playing with a ladybird (Marienkäfer) in the garden and a wasp is hovering over her.
Wilkommen wasps! (or Bees ) your season will soon be here!
If taking a hike in the middle of the woods is your thing just like me, you will be rewarded with an amazing orchestra of the singing birds. A sure sign that feathered animals are coming back and start to nest once again. Bird houses are a common sight as well, even from the porches and balconies of apartments. Also, Wildlife watching is one of the prettiest sights I have seen nowadays. It’s my first time to see real black swans here, crazily fighting over the breads we tossed, they are prettier than from the ones I saw in movies or internet. Wild birds are in frenzy manic chirping, perhaps they rejoice since they can easily find food nowadays .
Daylight saving time (DST) will soon be back (March 26) and Huuuuurrayyyyy that the sun is up until 6pm now.Here in Germany, when its bright and sunny like the photo I took last Saturday, everyone is out, walking, cycling, running and exploring like crazy! Germans go out in herds! I see people in scarf and eating ice cream and I have the same cravings as well.
Do you know how Germans look forward and getting ready for Spring?
They are up early, clad in boots and gardening gloves with a rake, cleaning up their gardens and mowing their precious lawns, and on Saturdays, they all rush to Dehner to grab new planters and seedlings! Yes, it’s true, my neighbor just did this.
With all these early signs of Spring, who wouldn’t be excited?
I can’t wait for my first German winter to be over and to start shedding all these winter clothing in layers one by one. Unfortunately, most trees are still bare and leaf-less, beer gardens are still not in sight and yes, Brrr, it is still cold outside!
What about you, what’s your favorite sign for Spring?