Maybe it's just because this is the first spring in six years that I have lived in a community safe and inviting for birds (other than pigeons) to fly around from bush to bush, nestle in the budding trees, and chirp and trill to their mates, or maybe it's because I am taking my daily walks during the afternoons before sunset, but this spring I am noticing so many more birds. Or maybe it's because I'm always carrying my camera around and looking for opportunities to photograph anything that might be of interest to put on my blog.
Whatever the reason, I am seeing and hearing birds everywhere. It's another good reason to live in Ventura County, California. The birds are here, telling me it's spring.
Another sign of spring is the blooming of the jasmine bushes. I inherited three thriving jasmine plants along with the nine camellia bushes when we bought our home. All three jasmines are in full bloom now, their heavy, sweet scent filling the air all around the house, inside and out. As I walk through my neighborhood, I can smell the jasmine in other gardens before I see the plants as I pass by.
I remember the first time we walked through this house, almost exactly a year ago. When I visit an open house or do a walk through on a house for sale, I am always as interested in the yard and garden as I am in the state of the baths and the placement of the laundry and the size of the kitchen. My first impression was favorable--I smelled the jasmine and could imagine myself opening my door and sniffing that heady fragrance every morning. And so I do just that, this spring.