Thursday, March 24, 2011

Warm winds

We woke up this week with the winds blowing from another direction. This weather vane wasn't much help. The missing N means west. Based on that, we'll let you decide what the E, D, and K stand for. I think the swan may be frozen in position.

However, it has been in the 50's and 60's the last few days and flowers are popping up everywhere. Here are a few that we saw near our house on our walk downtown. Tulips should soon be blooming everywhere.

They have been selling pussy willows on the streets everywhere for several weeks now.When we drove to Szombathely to speak on Sunday, there were people stopped along the side of the road to cut their own in the wild. They are the first signs of spring in Hungary.

When we lived in Hungary twenty years ago, we loved following the Hungarian tradition of using them as the base for an Easter egg tree. Here's ours. We figured, why wait until Easter? We might as well enjoy the visual delight now.

Here's what our eggs look like close up.

Here's what the pussy willows look like at the next stage in the field if they haven't been cut to stop their growth--large white puff balls. When the green leaves come out, the balls disappear and they look just like willows.

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