Outdoor Space


Amazing how the arrival of spring expands our living space. A new umbrella shades the table that becomes our lunch spot of choice. Summer will make it our pick spot for all meals, but happy to start the ritual with lunch outdoors on these early warm noon times.

Daisy happily takes up her spot on the deck, content with the fact that the kitchen door remains open. Her summer water bowl is back in position as well. It was a treat yesterday to send her outdoors to eat a carrot. Definite improvement over picking leftover orange pieces out of the rug.

Yellow violas are in place as well. Filling a little red wagon with flowering plants during the first visit to the nursery in early spring is always a special time. My usual tendency to go for the tiny plants in six packs that will flower in a few weeks is overcome by my need for blooming flowers NOW. So small individual plants already sporting clusters of flowers find their way into the cart.

The air is softer now. Early morning visits to the side yard with Daisy are a time to breathe deeply and listen to a chorus of birdsong. It’s a time to notice the magic of perennials that are shooting up through winter-bare earth. It’s a time to savor rather than a time to rush back into a warm house.

And another sign of warm weather. The crockpot has been rescued from winter storage. Its sole function around here is to keep clam chowder warm for summer entertaining. I made the chowder yesterday because friends are coming for lunch today. It looks like a beautiful day for a cup of chowder on the deck.

Sounds like a pretty good way to usher in the new season to me!

About Mary Jane

I am a retired English teacher. My husband, Frank, and I have lived on Cape Cod since 2000. I am a lifelong bread baker and writer and have been posting a blog on Falmouth Patch for the last few years. Savory Seasons has been largely devoted to recipes and food in general. I am hoping to expand my focus in this new blog.
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