Sunrise at 5:40 am, sunset at 10:00 pm for over 16 hours 20 minutes of daylight. We’re gaining almost 7 minutes a day, now, here at 64° 49’ 33” North. Astronomical twilight will be gone tomorrow — the sun will not get more than 12° below the horizon again until August. There is enough light to drive from 4:34 am to 11:07 pm —18 and a half hours.

The raised vegetable beds are melting out.

Breakup is finally here, and the road has turned into a series of muddy ponds. The snow is melting rapidly. The snow stake shows a mere 4”, down from 14” a week ago. I actually managed to walk out to the stake to photograph it, though I had to use rubber boots. The temperature must have dropped below freezing overnight, because there was an icy crust on the ground – but I could feel the soft mud underneath.

The forecast high temperatures are around 50 and there is no snow (or rain) expected, so most of the exposed snow should be gone by the end of the month.

The raised vegetable beds are showing, and I have herbs growing in the south window. Another week, and I can start the beans. The bike paths have been plowed out, and it shouldn’t take more than a couple of days until I can get the tricycle out of the storage shed. And to my surprise, one of the indoor orchids bloomed. Spring is here!

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