The coronavirus will likely take longer to reach remote rural communities but may be more devastating. Though there may not be public transit or big crowds, rural areas are vulnerable in other ways.(Image credit: Dean Conger/Corbis via Getty Images)
In far eastern Oregon, a small weekly newspaper is bucking an industry trend. The Malheur Enterprise was languishing, but it has recently won several national awards and circulation is surging.(Image credit: Tom Goldman/NPR)
Like most of Ontario, cottage country received a nasty, albeit brief (I hope), reboot of winter over the last few days. Winter tires were scheduled to come off this past Monday, then Thursday… now next Monday. Seems winter hasn’t quite finished with us yet. A couple of early robins arrived a few days ago to a snowy, cold, food-sparse landscape. I hope they can hang in there a few days longer as there’s a wee bit of spring warmth coming – by mid-April.
The gardens are longing to shed their winter coat and get on with extolling spring’s promise of sunny, smiling daffodils and crocuses.
Backyard vegetation and garden bench covered with new snow.
Alas, this last breath of winter has been breathtakingly beautiful.
Now go away winter, see you in November!
As the snow recedes, items left out last fall have begun emerging, reminding me of tasks left unfinished. I meant to throw ‘ugly bench’ beside the shed, but alas, it was left to collect snow beside the walkway. The emerging heads look at me incredulously… and they’re rather freakish.
Lucky to have a wonderful view of the wild birds that visit the feeders and hastily strewn peanuts at the side of the house. Their visits bring joy to each and every day.
As someone born in the month of sun and cold, I declare February to be winter’s showcase month! Yes It’s cold, but the combination of bright skies upon the snow-laden landscape is unmatched. Soon, spring will blanket the fields with green, and the lakes and rivers will flow again. But for now, snow cover allows nature to rest, rejuvenate and replenish her strength.
I am grateful for winter.
Our local turtle ponds have seen increased animal activity over the last 24-hours. Fox, deer, maybe even moose.