Saturday, March 26, 2016

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Whether it's a holy day for you or a holiday opportunity to celebrate friends and family, I hope you enjoy your day. Easter seems to have come early this year. Nevertheless, our gardens are obliging us with flowering trees, daffodils, and other early flowers. It's starting to get really pretty out there.

I started to write about the terrorist attacks in Brussels this week, but I think the atrocities committed there are too depressing for a Happy Easter feature. I'm glad Pope Francis condemned them in the strongest language.

I haven't seen my garden Easter Bunny this week. My garden is usually populated with darling bunnies. They do a great job munching on weeds - and the occasional herb. I saw one a month or two ago. I know he's around. I hope he lays low when the foxes are around.

Bunnies are safe from poisons in my garden (although not in neighboring gardens owned by people who think there's something sacred about grass at the expense of the environment). I stopped using herbicides many years ago when I learned the connection between the degradation of the Chesapeake Bay and garden chemicals. I favor weeds mixed with grass and a resurgence of the blue crab and oyster populations over perfectly manicured lawns, and I'm sure my bunnies do too. Actually, I wish there were a way to ban the use of lawn chemicals in my area. Whatever you use to poison weeds and encourage grass growth here eventually makes its way to the Chesapeake Bay.

I've read about the horrible drought in California and the illegal use of water by the "privileged," who, I guess, believe that that a green lawn symbolizes wealth. If people would take the time to research drought-resistant landscaping, they would learn that they could have a picture-perfect garden and save water - a win win.

Tomorrow, I think I'll break out a nice bottle of champagne to celebrate spring and the rebirth of nature's beauty. I hope you also find a pleasurable way to celebrate the rebirth of Mother Nature and Easter Sunday. Let's hope for peace.

Enjoy the day!

Photo of Vintage Postcard, made in Germany, A.S. B. 196, courtesy of Bygone Books


Eileen said...

I live near the Conejo (rabbit) Valley in Ventura County and, yes, our area is filled with loads of conejos :-) We see them everywhere despite the abundance of dogs and cats in the neighborhood. Watching them go about their bunny business always makes me smile. We live on acreage here and sometimes when new people move in, they'll complain and ask neighbors how to control the rabbits. The reply is invariably, you don't. Just relax and enjoy them. They really don't do much damage and are just a part of living with nature. I'm sure if we were farmers, we'd feel differently, but since we're not, we choose to share our land and get along with a variety of critters. I remember when my sons were little and they'd hunt for Easter eggs with their cousins in our gardens. Occasionally the kids would startle a bunny that would jump up and go racing off to the squeals of delight from the kids. Needless to say, the presence of real live rabbits to liven up the Easter egg hunt convinced the little ones that the Easter Bunny was for real :-)

Have a wonderful and happy holiday as we usher in spring.

LilyBiscuit said...

Happy Easter! I hope you have a wonderful day.

Sandra said...

This is the first Easter we will not have our grandsons here for an egg hunt as they are now residing in Oregon. My son and daughter-in-law had the audacity to take my grand babies with them when they left! With all that is going on in the world, however, I am very happy they are healthy and safe. It is Spring, the sun is shining here, and I saw early spring flowers beginning to peek out of,the ground, so I will join you, Charlestongirl, and pop open a lovely bottle of bubbly tomorrow to celebrate life! Happy Easter to all!

Mamavalveeta03 said...

It's a Holy Day for me, but unfortunately, I'm sick with "the crud," so I won't be attending worship services, which are always a high point at sunrise at the Lighthouse in Montauk. Happy Easter to you and yours!

Charlestongirl said...

Happy Easter, friends! I'll be back in the morning. For now, I think it's an early bedtime for me.

Anonymous said...

Happy Easter! We colored eggs today and I still have to fill plastic eggs with candy and do more preparations for tomorrow.
My garden is herbicide and pesticide free. As a return from nature, I have a swarm of bees by the house, praying mantis, year-round humming birds etc. The adjacent farmers use too many chemicals, sometimes spraying from planes. It is almost impossible though to limit the weeds and grass in the flower beds. Oh well.

Alix said...

What a lovely post. Happy Easter to you as well!

Evelyn said...

Happy Easter to you too! I'd love to see a bunny bouncing around but where I live in Brooklyn isn't quite the place for it, at least I have feathered visitors emptying the feeders. People need to stop fighting the environment sometimes. Do your research, if you're moving into an area that is historically dry, it is not realistic to have a green lawn. Let the lawn go and grow what's natural to the area (which usually makes for a far more interesting landscape in any case than wide swaths of whatever grass they're promoting for lawns).

bisbee said...

I hope you had a lovely Easter Day! I'm not that far from you, so I know it was a pretty nice one, weather-wise, albeit a bit chilly and somewhat cloudy, but the trees are beautiful! It wasn't a holiday for me, but it was my parent's anniversary, although they are long gone, my first born's 41st birthday, and the 13th anniversary of the day I met my wonderful husband, so it was a day to celebrate, although quietly.

With all of the horrid events happening in the world, it's good to just relax and remember the good things.