A bit of news to make us all smile.
Drum roll please . . . .
Yesterday evening we came home from a soccer tournament and this is what we saw:
That's right, people - open water!!! It appears that spring has finally arrived. After the younger ones were tucked in bed, Stefan and Sam put the boat out at the harbour (about 500m down the road).
Backing the boat onto the road (it was really close to the ditch!).
Are you wondering why Sam's sitting on the roof with a big stick? His job was to raise the power lines as they drove under them . . .
So, with the onset of Spring, we've had a busy weekend - cleaned out the carport (took stuff to the recycle depot and burned the rest of the garbage), raked out one garden, washed the driveway, put up the trampoline, had our first BBQ, and read LOTS outside on the deck.
We moved the trampoline to the back of the house this year. The flattest spot was where my clothesline was, so we had to take it down. Since it's out of commission, Stefan strung up a temporary one for me. I don't think it will last long:
I love how the belt actually touches the ground! btw, they're still hanging out there - it rained today so they need to dry, again.
Now you'll have to excuse the peanut butter and graham cracker crumbs on the face from tonight's snack, but I think it's adorable to see these cheeks and this little nose kissed by the sun:
Now I'm gonna chill with a little CSI NY followed by some ProjectRunway. Then I'll settle down to finish chapter 46 in Dragonfly in Amber. I've already read the book once before, so I know I'm in for a good cry. I should probably warn Stefan . . .
The outskirts of St. Pete
Saint Petersburg: Sankt-Peterburg, Russian pronunciation: is a city and a federal subject of Russia located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. The city's other names were Petrograd (1914–1924) and Leningrad (1924–1991). Founded by Tsar Peter I of Russia on 27 May, 1703, it was the capital of the Russian Empire for more than two hundred years (1713–1728, 1732–1918). Saint Petersburg is home to more than two hundred museums, many of them hosted in historic buildings. The largest of the museums is the Hermitage Museum, featuring interiors of the former imperial residence and a vast collection of art. Celebrating the 300th anniversary of its foundation, Saint Petersburg was selected as the main motif in a recent Finnish commemorative coin, the €10 Mannerheim and Saint Petersburg commemorative coin, minted in 2003. The reverse of the coin features a view of Saint Petersburg, with the Peter and Paul Fortress and its three turrets. In the coin the words "St. Petersburg 1703-2003" can be seen.