Antonio Vivaldi wrote the “Le Quattro Stagioni” , each of which gives a musical expression to a season of the year. Beautiful music ! Today my post reflects on our 4 seasons in Canada. Is there a perfect season ? Or is it just perfect that we have 4 seasons (at least here in Canada) ?
Spring. La primavera. It was not my favorite season when I lived in Quebec ( for about 30 years). Ski season was over. We couldn’t cycle yet. The grass wasn’t green. The snow was melting too slowly (and was dirty) and it was still cold. As a Vancouverite, spring has become almost my favorite season. In February – it is still winter- but in my garden I am delighted to see snowdrops followed by crocuses. We start to see flowers (the bulbs) very early and the trees are blooming in March and April. At last, there is not as many rainy days. Except this year ( so much rain !).
And lilac is a good sign of spring.
Tulip time is fantastic when we can visit those large fields. It has become an interesting outing for us who live in the Lower Mainland. Just south of the border it is also possible to enjoy such beauty. I took this photo in April 2014 in Agassiz, British Columbia. Isn’t it beautiful ?
Summer. L’estate. Summer Solstice is on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 9:24 pm in Vancouver. This day is 8 hours, 4 minutes longer than December Solstice day. The longest day of the year. Oh ! Joy! Dinners outside will be in order and spending time in the garden to keep it nice. I am not really a person who spend time at the beach but walking by the water is wonderful with the smell and the wind. When I am not traveling I rather hike or cycle and it is why I really enjoy summer. The birds are happily singing early in the morning inviting me to get out of bed .
Summer is also time to pick up berries. Strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. I like to have those local berries in my freezer for the winter months.
Sometimes, I enjoy splendid sunsets. This one was taken from English Bay.
Too soon, for me, summer is fading away. Days are not as long and not as warm although we rarely suffer from high heat during the summer months in Vancouver. The word fall is not my favorite word of the dictionary.
Fall is l’autonno in Italian. Fall is a bit sad for me. Falling leaves, cool days and more rainy days. But on a positive note we see magnificent trees and beautiful leaves. And when we get sunny days , we want to be outside cleaning up the garden once more. Walking in the forest is good to stay connected with nature that is preparing for a rest.
Winter. L’inverno. We are getting more rainy days . The days are very dark. We might get snow in the city but mostly we get it on our local mountains. I used to go up to do cross-country skiing. When snow falls in the city, why not making a snowman ? No need to have little kids around. I have my inner child. I had fun creating “Alfred” in December 2016.
Now, you know that I like the 4 seasons. You also know which one is my favorite if you read until here. Maybe you can tell me which one is your favorite ?
Thanks for reading and your comments. Happy 4 seasons !