The chimes of spring

It’s been a wonderful winter: long, snowy, crystal cold.

We’ve delighted in waves frozen solid, red barns buried under snow and empty jetties.

But now, it’s going.. slowly and reluctantly, winter is receding…

Losing its grip little by little, it bids us farewell with the chiming of hundreds of little bells as the ice breaks up and clinks cheerfully together.

And then one day, the chiming is replaced by the cheerful hellos of birds greeting each other after a sunny winter in Africa or the Mediterranean.

The ice has become the matter it came from: water.

And – oh! – the glorious sun dazzles the senses and soothes the soul.

As George Eliot once wrote: “The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.”

To seize more golden slices of life, please visit: My World!

54 responses

  1. You must be thrilled!

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    April 20, 2010 at 05:21

  2. A glorious post, Ladyfi, with all the beautiful promise of spring! And isn’t it wonderful! Have a beautiful week!

    Sylvia

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    April 20, 2010 at 05:28

  3. You are melting!! I love the sound of the ice crystals tinkleing..it is magical. It is beautiful there:)

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    April 20, 2010 at 05:38

  4. Great shots.

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    April 20, 2010 at 05:38

  5. I hope to seize some gold, Lady Fi! Your landscape is waking from under its winter white blanket. Enjoy!

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    April 20, 2010 at 05:43

  6. I need to keep all these wonderful sayings right where I can see them daily. Seriously, I always feel so much better after I read them.

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    April 20, 2010 at 07:32

  7. wow! the last photo is absolutely beautiful! you’ve captured the golden moment.

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    April 20, 2010 at 07:38

  8. Blu

    Wonderful that you enjoy these simple pleasures, enjoy your golden day.

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    April 20, 2010 at 08:39

  9. Beautiful. What an experience.

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    April 20, 2010 at 09:39

  10. Beautifully phrased and illustrated – exactly the reason I would like to give you a Beautiful Blogger Award:
    http://www.blog.virtuosewadventures.co.uk/wordpress/2010/04/20/beautiful-blogger-award/

    You don’t have to join in if you don’t want to, but it gave me a wonderful opportunity to say Thank You!

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    April 20, 2010 at 10:24

  11. LadyFi, I enjoyed your poetic and photographic decriptions of the thaw and spring. – Dave

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    April 20, 2010 at 10:35

  12. I’d never thought about the melting snow becoming a problem before – do you get flooded plains?

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    April 20, 2010 at 11:06

  13. yay. love the thought of those chimes…enjoy the warm rays of sun…it does feel so good.

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    April 20, 2010 at 11:57

  14. Wonderful long winter? You sound like a happy person – I grumble when the wind blows too hard. And, no, we really don’t have winter – just spring, summer and fall.

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    April 20, 2010 at 12:13

  15. That quote is beautiful. And so true.

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    April 20, 2010 at 13:21

  16. Gwendolyn

    This is a beautiful collection of photos. You did a lovely job describing in both words and photos the transition from winter to spring. Thanks for sharing.

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    April 20, 2010 at 13:27

  17. You make the most wonderful pics. Your lake does look golden!
    And you have such a good attitude. I wish I could do the same with our climate and say we had a “wonderful long hot dry summer”. For you that may sound great, but me….? Not so much. But I´m learning from you to take whatever we have with a more positive mind! Thanks for that!

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    April 20, 2010 at 13:33

  18. Di

    At long last…. SPRING! What a long winter you have. The sun on the water is so much more inviting than the ice. brrr.. Glad things are thawing out for you. Smiles!

    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

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    April 20, 2010 at 14:25

  19. Lovely post and great images.

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    April 20, 2010 at 14:30

  20. Clive

    Wonderful photos!

    Lovely to see spring approaching ….

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    April 20, 2010 at 15:27

  21. You must be living in anticipation now, each moment more alive than the next.
    The photos and words just say everything. Love the quote too.

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    April 20, 2010 at 15:34

  22. It’s looking very much like spring! With the many days of daylight increasing every day, spring will be summer before you know it!

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    April 20, 2010 at 16:51

  23. Spring’s glorious symphony, time to enjoy and celebrate!

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    April 20, 2010 at 17:46

  24. Perfect Eliot quote to go with your pics & the feel of spring change.

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    April 20, 2010 at 18:04

  25. loved your beautiful description of the wonderful images

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    April 20, 2010 at 19:29

  26. Beautiful shots as spring begins in your part of the world. I love the snap, crackle, pop of ice breaking up on large bodies of water.

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    April 20, 2010 at 19:37

  27. Spring is there
    I can see it …….
    (only with a little ash 😉
    I’m so happy for you
    its so long cold at your place ….

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    April 20, 2010 at 19:49

  28. you capture it well. But it is still cold here. 😦

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    April 20, 2010 at 20:29

  29. What a glorious blog!

    Aloha from Waikiki

    Comfort Spiral

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    April 20, 2010 at 20:48

  30. How very beautiful it is to see the ice part and you captured it all so beautifully with your pics! Great post sweetie!

    God bless and have a Terrific Tuesday!!!

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    April 20, 2010 at 21:03

  31. I am not sad at all that winter is finally gone ! it lasted far too long this year ! I hate winter, I love spring, lol!

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    April 20, 2010 at 21:47

  32. Po

    I agree with the Eliot quote, I usually live without appreciating things til they’re gone.

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    April 20, 2010 at 22:23

  33. Simply beautiful.. your photos and your words.

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    April 21, 2010 at 03:25

  34. Beautiful, Fi! Picture and poetry (original and quoted) are everyone perfect!

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    April 21, 2010 at 03:35

  35. Beautiful pictures of your receding winter.

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    April 21, 2010 at 03:49

  36. lilalia

    How glorious is the sound of those chimes and the images you posted.

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    April 21, 2010 at 07:28

  37. Rich quote and descriptions – luscious scenes. You are meant to live where you live because you fully appreciate all it has to offer! Glad to see your skies are clear and seem unaffected by the Icelandic volcano whose name I will never be able to pronounce if I live to be 200.

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    April 21, 2010 at 09:02

  38. You describe what I love about spring so beautifully.

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    April 21, 2010 at 09:05

  39. It’s why I couldn’t live in the tropics – I love seasonal change.

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    April 21, 2010 at 14:16

  40. Hello Ladyfi, very interesting blog you have, simply beautiful 🙂

    Marinela x

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    April 21, 2010 at 16:23

  41. Beautiful photos and lovely sentiments. I always get a dose of inspiration here. : )

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    April 21, 2010 at 16:37

  42. Ivy

    The second and third pictures were simply unbelievable.

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    April 21, 2010 at 20:47

  43. Beautiful…just beautiful.

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    April 21, 2010 at 22:58

  44. I hope you’re having a wonderful Wednesday!

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    April 22, 2010 at 01:04

  45. I would love to just linger in that last photo! Such a warm glow1

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    April 22, 2010 at 01:58

  46. Wonderful post.

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    April 22, 2010 at 02:30

  47. The Girl from Cherry Blossom Street

    We can live in splendor everyday. Perhaps we just have to migrate to where you are! 😉
    Third photo – WOW!

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    April 22, 2010 at 02:50

  48. Here’s to the sun kissing your face!

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    April 22, 2010 at 04:05

  49. Thanks for “chiming” in 🙂

    Aloha from Waikiki

    Comfort Spiral

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    April 22, 2010 at 05:07

  50. The reflections of the sun look like stepping stones. I wonder where they would lead us?

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    April 22, 2010 at 13:23

  51. Yea for melting. “Gone” is fantastic. Enjoy your sunny moments there.

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    April 22, 2010 at 15:47

  52. glad it’s finally warming up for you!

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    April 22, 2010 at 17:12

  53. Happy Thursday!

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    April 22, 2010 at 18:30

  54. the spring comes dear… very slowly to Västerås…
    nice shotszs
    have a nice weekend

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    April 24, 2010 at 13:22

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