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Old 18.02.2010, 18:41
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I think I saw/heard Spring today

It's not much yet but daylight hours are getting longer. And the last couple of days the thermometer got above zero in my neck of the woods, pushing the snow toward the edges of the garden. First morning the bird bath wasn't frozen solid. Noticed some snowdrops had pushed up and in a sheltered spot beneath a bush even a brave primrose has flowered. But best of all, for the last ten minutes, some little blackbird has been singing his heart out as twilight fell. Can't remember when I last heard that. Maybe the little fella knows Spring is round the corner. God, I hope so! This winter's gone on long enough.
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Old 18.02.2010, 19:07
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Re: I think I saw/heard Spring today

It is too early, Winter will be back shortly. I would be happy with a few days of blue skies.
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It's not much yet but daylight hours are getting longer. And the last couple of days the thermometer got above zero in my neck of the woods, pushing the snow toward the edges of the garden. First morning the bird bath wasn't frozen solid. Noticed some snowdrops had pushed up and in a sheltered spot beneath a bush even a brave primrose has flowered. But best of all, for the last ten minutes, some little blackbird has been singing his heart out as twilight fell. Can't remember when I last heard that. Maybe the little fella knows Spring is round the corner. God, I hope so! This winter's gone on long enough.
How lovely. Just reading that made me feel better and I have just driven back from the UK where there are clumps of snowdrops everywhere and my sister has primroses in her garden too. Soon be time to take those winter drawers off.
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Old 18.02.2010, 19:09
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The air definitely smelled all springy today here, that's very true. It warmed up, the birds, the warmish breeze, very lovely. Still, it's only mid feb, so I think at least a month of winter left
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It's not much yet but daylight hours are getting longer. And the last couple of days the thermometer got above zero in my neck of the woods, pushing the snow toward the edges of the garden. First morning the bird bath wasn't frozen solid. Noticed some snowdrops had pushed up and in a sheltered spot beneath a bush even a brave primrose has flowered. But best of all, for the last ten minutes, some little blackbird has been singing his heart out as twilight fell. Can't remember when I last heard that. Maybe the little fella knows Spring is round the corner. God, I hope so! This winter's gone on long enough.
woohooooooooooo....
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Old 18.02.2010, 19:24
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Re: I think I saw/heard Spring today

They are saying that it's going to be an extraordinary Spring - in the UK at least - apparently there are record numbers of spring flowers popping into bloom.

I wish it felt like Spring here though - it has rained all day and is really miserable generally

Roll on the warm weather
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Re: I think I saw/heard Spring today

ahhhhh... today was gorgeous! it was the perfect spring day here!
i even missed a bus on purpose just to sit a bit longer in the sun...

that being said, i've realized i may have that sensitivity to lack of sun- any ideas/experiences with sun lamps/bulbs that may work for that?
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Re: I think I saw/heard Spring today

Is it skin or blues? For the blues, simple daylight will do the trick. If it's skin, we used to have a UV lamp, but I think they are not considered terribly smart these days.. Vit C or a lot of oranges give me enough kick when haven't had enough daylight, but you might be homesick, too. I am always the most homesick at the end of winter. I think you need to go dancing in a gaybar..
Or come over tomorrow, we go for a walk.
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Is it skin or blues? For the blues, simple daylight will do the trick. If it's skin, we used to have a UV lamp, but I think they are not considered terribly smart these days.. Vit C or a lot of oranges give me enough kick when haven't had enough daylight, but you might be homesick, too. I am always the most homesick at the end of winter. I think you need to go dancing in a gaybar..
Or come over tomorrow, we go for a walk.
haha..no it's the sunlight- need it makes a huge huge difference to me.
i used to take vitamin d, was awesome for this and so much else but haven't found it here yet...
but, i think being from places that are tropical and sunny all of the time, the sunlight really effects me greatly- thankfully i will be dancing with friends in a gay bar this weekend, just what the doctor ordered!
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Re: I think I saw/heard Spring today

It seems that Spring has sprung only on the other side of the Rostigrabben, can someone over that way send some of your warmth and sunshine over to the other side so we can enjoy it too.
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Old 19.02.2010, 08:32
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It seems that Spring has sprung only on the other side of the Rostigrabben, can someone over that way send some of your warmth and sunshine over to the other side so we can enjoy it too.
hahaha! trying my best, but don't know if you want today's mud puddles and rain (albeit warmer rain!)
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Re: I think I saw/heard Spring today

Saw a Ferrari spider out yesterday - albeit with the top up - so MUST be spring

(but i doubt it...)
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Saw a Ferrari spider out yesterday - albeit with the top up - so MUST be spring

(but i doubt it...)
i saw a tween with shorts + sunglasses this morning - w00t!
(it wasn't that warm, but it made me smile)
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Presume they were also wearing hte obligatory scarf?

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(it wasn't that warm, but it made me smile)
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Re: I think I saw/heard Spring today

Ahh, tween fashion - a good sign that spring is around the corner! Much better than the groundhog method.

I can't wait for spring! It was a bit warmer here in Wettingen yesterday, but still the same fog/mist soup bowl. What is that? I would say 85% of mornings I can't see three buildings away from me. Where I'm from it's cold in the winter, but we have a lot more sunlight. I hope the mist goes away as the weather warms up!
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Ahh, tween fashion - a good sign that spring is around the corner! Much better than the groundhog method.

I can't wait for spring! It was a bit warmer here in Wettingen yesterday, but still the same fog/mist soup bowl. What is that? I would say 85% of mornings I can't see three buildings away from me. Where I'm from it's cold in the winter, but we have a lot more sunlight. I hope the mist goes away as the weather warms up!
I couldn't agree more! Some German friends of ours think that London is always shrouded in fog because it was always depicted that way in all the old Hitchcock, etc films. Nothing could in fact be further from the truth as most days see at least some sunshine (normally early morning). However, as you say, we wake up to something ranging from light mist (quite romantic) to dense fog (not at all) virtually every day and it is not unusual for it to stay all day either.
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i used to take vitamin d, was awesome for this and so much else but haven't found it here yet...
You can get pots of vitamin D3 in the chemists, I find it helps me in winter.

Saw my first primrose of the year in Zürich and heard a couple of woodpeckers in the pines, definitely feeling the sap stirring.

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Re: I think I saw/heard Spring today

Staying on topic, I would want to share the following with you. Im sure many of you would have already read it (my apologies), but there still might be some who have not.

Title is T!t Monday (I know its friday and apologies to the easily offended)

Ah, T1t Monday. It's not that far off now...

That glorious day when, heading into work on the bus, or walking to the tube, or sitting on the train, you find yourself suddenly chirpier than you have been in months. You find yourself smiling at strangers again. There is a mild involuntary tumescence in your trousers that comes and goes throughout the morning with the comforting regularity of a heartbeat.
And then you get a text around lunchtime from a mate which says: "At last, T1t Monday!" And you instantly understand why you are so happy. For T1t Monday is that special day in the year when, for the first time, the temperature rises above that magical point which causes girls getting dressed in the morning to decide to show a bit of skin.

After months of dull colours and chunky knit, the world's birds suddenly dive into last summer's wardrobe (they've not had chance to buy this season's stuff) and chuck it on without a thought. Your urban landscape is suddenly lightened with acres of naked arm and leg and, after many dark months of burrowing, breasts rising to the surface like moles at dusk.
Big breasts in white work shirts straining at the buttons. Small breasts braless in vest tops, the n1pples frotted by ribby fabrics. Breasts in summer dresses bouncing in the distance so that they catch your eye before you even notice there is someone wearing them. Breasts nudging out from the crowd at traffic islands, quivering to cross the road...

And you know it is nearly summer. For previous generations, the arrival of spring was heralded by the sound of the first cuckoo. For us, it is T1t Monday.

Not that it always falls on a Monday. Like Easter, Tit Monday is a moveable feast. Last year it fell on a Friday. Friday 29 April, to be precise, when temperatures maxed out at 22.1C after nothing much above 16C all year. It last fell on a Monday in 2004, when temperatures leapt to 22C on 24 April.

And then, of course, there is T1t Monday Night. You see, in early summer, temperatures drop off very dramatically when night falls (T1t Friday 2005 dropped away to a parky 11.8C). But the dollies are not prepared. Slightly stunned by the morning heat, they drag out the summer clothes but forget to bring a cardie (a mistake they will not make again until next year), so that when they're all standing outside All Bar One after work celebrating the arrival of spring, their barely covered nipples have no protection from the cold. It's like a Bring-and-Buy sale where everyone has brought hat pegs. It's like a prog-rock gig where, instead of lighters, everyone is holding up n1pples.

So when will T1t Monday fall this year? Will you be the first to text your mates with the announcement? Do not shoot your bolt too early. There will be false starts. You will smell fresh cut grass and see a couple of early starters and feel compelled to declare T1t Monday. But your more level-headed friends will tell you to hold your horses, keep your powder dry, don't fire until you see the whites of their bra straps.

As the poet said: one bold Northern slapper in a bikini doth not a summer make.
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Staying on topic, I would want to share the following with you. Im sure many of you would have already read it (my apologies), but there still might be some who have not.

Title is T!t Monday (I know its friday and apologies to the easily offended)

Ah, T1t Monday. It's not that far off now...

That glorious day when, heading into work on the bus, or walking to the tube, or sitting on the train, you find yourself suddenly chirpier than you have been in months. You find yourself smiling at strangers again. There is a mild involuntary tumescence in your trousers that comes and goes throughout the morning with the comforting regularity of a heartbeat.
And then you get a text around lunchtime from a mate which says: "At last, T1t Monday!" And you instantly understand why you are so happy. For T1t Monday is that special day in the year when, for the first time, the temperature rises above that magical point which causes girls getting dressed in the morning to decide to show a bit of skin.

After months of dull colours and chunky knit, the world's birds suddenly dive into last summer's wardrobe (they've not had chance to buy this season's stuff) and chuck it on without a thought. Your urban landscape is suddenly lightened with acres of naked arm and leg and, after many dark months of burrowing, breasts rising to the surface like moles at dusk.
Big breasts in white work shirts straining at the buttons. Small breasts braless in vest tops, the n1pples frotted by ribby fabrics. Breasts in summer dresses bouncing in the distance so that they catch your eye before you even notice there is someone wearing them. Breasts nudging out from the crowd at traffic islands, quivering to cross the road...

And you know it is nearly summer. For previous generations, the arrival of spring was heralded by the sound of the first cuckoo. For us, it is T1t Monday.

Not that it always falls on a Monday. Like Easter, Tit Monday is a moveable feast. Last year it fell on a Friday. Friday 29 April, to be precise, when temperatures maxed out at 22.1C after nothing much above 16C all year. It last fell on a Monday in 2004, when temperatures leapt to 22C on 24 April.

And then, of course, there is T1t Monday Night. You see, in early summer, temperatures drop off very dramatically when night falls (T1t Friday 2005 dropped away to a parky 11.8C). But the dollies are not prepared. Slightly stunned by the morning heat, they drag out the summer clothes but forget to bring a cardie (a mistake they will not make again until next year), so that when they're all standing outside All Bar One after work celebrating the arrival of spring, their barely covered nipples have no protection from the cold. It's like a Bring-and-Buy sale where everyone has brought hat pegs. It's like a prog-rock gig where, instead of lighters, everyone is holding up n1pples.

So when will T1t Monday fall this year? Will you be the first to text your mates with the announcement? Do not shoot your bolt too early. There will be false starts. You will smell fresh cut grass and see a couple of early starters and feel compelled to declare T1t Monday. But your more level-headed friends will tell you to hold your horses, keep your powder dry, don't fire until you see the whites of their bra straps.

As the poet said: one bold Northern slapper in a bikini doth not a summer make.
Can't wait for the male equivalent day - anyone know when that might be?
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