Vernal Equinox

20 Mar

I couldn’t wait for spring to begin

When daffs are yellow and mood is mellow…100_0650

The days are longer, the sun is stronger

There is no doubt  that the mud will dry out…006 (14)

Meaning less welly boots and lots of green shoots

Now it’s starting to start and lifting my heart

Restoring some pep; a spring in my step

Boats reappear as they do every year…004

What could be wrong with floating along?

And I really oughta get out on the water

I’m longing to cruise and shake off the blues

That come with the weather and being a’tether

There’s no earthly reason with the new season

That Hobo should be still stuck on the quay…022

So let’s be a boater and fire up the motor

Chug off down the river the tiller a’quiver

So there’s cleaning to do; much maintenance too

But won’t let that delay, me getting away

I’ll dust off the crew, boatbird’s cap too…Picture of me 1

It’ll be great, me and first mate…DSCN1437

Back in the groove and back on the move.

Ran out of rhyme…

So here’s to spring – says she, glass in hand. Happens every year but still I marvel at lighter mornings and longer days. It never ceases to delight.  I think it’s all those gloomy, short days and lack of daylight that, come March, has us longing for change.

And the mud. Anyone who lives or spends time in the countryside will appreciate how it can get one down.

In my case, there’s the trek from boat to car (and vice-versa) across what I lovingly refer to as dog-dirt alley. Wet winters mean constant mud, bogginess, flooding at times and forever climbing in and out of wellies.

No matter how hard I try, the gloop always wheedles its way into the car, onto the boat and somehow gets onto my clothes too. The thought of going out and back without having to don/shed layers of clothes and changing in and out of rubber boots fills me with joy. Can’t wait.

Last Thursday was the first time in ages that I went out in normal footwear. Didn’t last but, hopefully, a sign of things to come. Soon.

Mustn’t grumble though. The old Morso Squirrel stove has, as usual, served me well, kept me warm and cheered me up. It’s also pretty damn good at boiling a kettle, simmering soup/stew, toasting crumpets, warming the wellies and drying the washing overnight…


But every silver lining has a cloud – it also makes a lot of mess so soon I shall have to start on the spring cleaning. Washing ceiling, walls, curtains – anything that doesn’t move really. I did buy cheap, throwaway mats this time so once the weather properly improves they are all in the bin.

So I shall be busy, one way or another, but be back soon.

4 Responses to “Vernal Equinox”

  1. Steve & Angela March 21, 2016 at 6:49 am #

    Great post.
    Milestones Reached :-
    11th March First weekend away on the boat this year.
    Last Friday I walked back from the car without my wellies on..
    This morning I have left the Morso to go out as its still warm on the boat.
    Today. Going to work without a jumper on underneath my fleece.
    When will we not need the Morso on in the evening / overnight ? Looking forward to that one.
    Enjoy the Spring and hope you get out on Hobo soon
    Steve and Angela

    • Boatbird March 21, 2016 at 6:02 pm #

      Thank you. And well done for getting moving…have often fancied the Lodes so made fascinating reading.
      Today saw me leave behind the Eskimo coat and left the gloves at work and didn’t miss them!
      Not brave enough yet to let the Morso go out though…
      Hope you both have a good spring/summer too!

  2. poormanssailing March 21, 2016 at 7:59 pm #

    Thoroughly enjoying slowly working my way through all of your previous posts. Although a different sort of boating to my own,still very interesting! If it involves floating on water,all is good! Although mine isn’t floating just yet,major works in progress.

    • Boatbird March 21, 2016 at 8:58 pm #

      That’s good and so nice of you to say so. Thank you.

      Had a quick look round yours but have next couple of days off so will have a better chance to see what you’re up to. ..looks fairly major though!

      Keep at it.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: