Bye Bye Winter

Here in New Zealand as I write it’s 31 August, around 8.20pm – so for us this is the last day of winter and tomorrow 01 September, is our first ‘official’ day of spring. Fortunately it’s been an outstandingly fine day in Tapanui. Earlier today I glanced out the laundry window and saw a bright splash of yellow. To my joy I saw a group of daffodils glowing in the sunshine. We moved into this cottage in autumn so had no knowledge of these daffodils! I rushed out with cellphone in hand to get some photos..



Although taken outside, this is similar to what I saw when I glanced out the window and saw the daffodils glowing gold:


Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2019)

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  1. An absolutely beautiful day up here in the north as well Liz. I planted daffodils a bit late, but there’s no sign of them and yet the jonquils I planted at the same time are flowering. Who knows why one and not the other!

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    1. I’m not at all familiar with growing bulbs. Perhaps it’s a bit soon for your type of daffodils? Hope they make their appearance soon!


  2. As a serious lover of poetry, your lovely daffodil photos immediately call up the William Wordsworth poem from his 1807 “Poems in Two Volumes” book of poetry. The poem “I Wandered Lonely as A Cloud” also known by many as “Daffodils” goes beautifully with your golden sprites of spring and ends : …”and then my heart with pleasure fills and dances with the daffodils.” There is a sweet story connected to his writing of the poem, but I will leave that for you to explore should you be curious. Thank-you!

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      1. Did your heart not do just that upon glancing out your window and discovering the unexpected gift of these glorious daffodils?! The entire poem is beautiful!! Thank-you!!

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      1. It was supposed to be the first day of autumn here. The heat was blistering yesterday and it was supposed to end in storms followed by a cool, rainy day today. No storm, no rain, and just a bit of inoffensive-looking cloud.

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          1. We’ve gone too long without rain. Not here because there are very few livestock farmers, but in the areas where they keep hundreds of cows there’s no pasture for them, it’s all dried up, so they’re eating the winter forage. What happens when you pack more animals into an area than nature intended. The farmers take all the water to irrigate useless animal feed crops and the streams run dry.

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                1. Some people have did see this would inevitably happen but when anyone seriously tries to take things in hand the farmers get angry and mount massive protests and legal challenges.


                  1. The farming lobby in NZ must be incredibly powerful. It’s a sure fire vote-loser to do anything that ruffles the farmer’s feathers. I don’t know how democracy gets around that problem. It’s the same here, but to a lesser extent as the population is more disparate.

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