April is a finicky month. It utters forth with rain and wind and warmer temperatures that melt the last specs of snow into mud and mush and make a sport out of puddle-jumping. Rainboots required...need to buy some! And then it rushes back into freezing weather, and you wonder if you need your wool hat.
Yet, I see shades of green dotting the landscape more and more, and the flowering branches of our pear tree encouraging us with its fuzzy blossoms. The small patches of bright yellow daffodils and the smaller beginnings of purply-blue grape hyacinths which line our walkway in a haphazard fashion, make me smile.
Last week I noticed how a whole host of red-breasted robins arrived in force to our backyard in search of food along with the squirrels and starlings. At least I think that's what they were. The starlings, that is. I'm not a bird watcher. Yet. Hope to improve on identification!
Here are a few good things to usher in the first full month of the season:
:: a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow for you to print out:
An April Day - Longfellow
:: another bunch of science-related activities for you to print out:
Natural Science Through the Seasons April
:: a Spring Cattails nature study for you to try (whole site is fantastic!)
sewing a patchworked table runner like the one above from this book
trying some embroidered pins like Tiny Happy's
knitting a few pairs of Saartje's baby booties (so cute!)
sewing a messenger bag complete with ruffle
Have an Inspiring Weekend!