Saturday, April 08, 2006

first pond activity

Yes, that is ice on the pond behind Starflower. She didn't seem to mind the water temperature, which could not have been too much above freezing. The last swim was sometime in October, which means there are only five months out of the year that are considered unswimmable.

As for myself, I'll wait until the water is comfortably warm and the air is unbearably hot. But I did get in some gardening today, cleaning out some of the raised beds and planting lettuce and arugula seedlings. I couldn't wait, it was too nice. While I was working in the garden, I saw my first butterflies of the year, a White Admiral and an unidentified orange one, a fritillary perhaps. And my first fox sparrow of the year, doing its scratch dance in the leaves in the woods.


pablo said...

Wow, that's one intrepid little girl. I hope she keeps this undaunted spirit throughout her life.

Also, nice canoes.

Floridacracker said...

Brrrr. When my Katie was that age, we would go swimming in the springs and soon her skinny little body would be shaking and her lips blue. When you asked her if she was cold and would she like to get out of the water for a while to warm up, the answer was always, "Nnnnnnnno, IIII'mmmm okkkkkk"
Thanks for the mmmmmmmemmmmory Starflower.

doubleknot said...

Belive it or not I can remember being young and not feeling the cold - children have different standards then us grown ups - you couldn't get me into anything but lukewarm water now.

madcapmum said...

That's true, kids don't seem to feel the cold like their adults. Mine are running around half-naked all winter. They haven't actually gone ice-dipping though. Starflower wins the Ice Queen award!

Rexroth's Daughter said...

It always amazes me how kids can endure the cold water, but then I remember doing the same thing at their age. Starflower is incredibly tough, though. I can honestly say I've never stood in a bathing suit in water that still had ice in it! Brrrr.