Spring So Soon?…

Although “Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil told people to prepare for six more weeks of winter” on February 2, “groundhogs in at least five other states – West Virginia’s French Creek Freddie, Georgia’s Gen. Beauregard Lee, Michigan’s Woody the Woodchuck, Ohio’s Buckeye Chuck and New York’s Staten Island Chuck (full name: Charles G. Hogg) – did not see their shadows. Nor did Ontario’s Wiarton Willie or Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam.”

There is support in the scientific community for the five groundhogs on the opposite side of the aisle from Phil, as pointed out in an article written by John Roach  for National Geographic; he also noted there are those who vote for Phil. On the other hand, Caleb Weatherbee affirms the fact we have had a very mild winter, but he predicts in the The Farmers’ Almanac that everything is still up in the air. In other words, it ain’t over until it’s over – like most things (just ask Mitt Romney).

When we walk outside here in Georgia, however, it is Spring.

And down the road at Jenny Jack Farms, the crops, the chickens, and Barney, the  guard dog, (no chicks lost to a coyote in five years), agree that it is Spring.

 This past weekend, the Winter Market at Callaway Gardens kicked off, the red bud trees are blooming,

and the pond adjacent to the studio, which is fed by  underground springs, is full.

It’s true it could snow or sleet in March and Easter Sunday temps could be below freezing, but for now, it’s Spring.

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About Pam Avery Printed

I graduated from the University of Georgia in 1972 with a major in journalism (public relations) and a minor in business (marketing). My experience for the last 40 years includes working in the corporate world (banking), the newspaper industry (advertising design and sales), owning and selling a restaurant, restoring and utilizing several old buildings on the property, teaching private dance and drama lessons for 20 years, free-lance writing for a national textile firm, publishing two children’s books, and ghost writing a book. My last tour of duty before beginning the current chapter was working as a reporter, photographer, and columnist for five weekly community newspapers. And now I teach...media writing at Columbus State University in Columbus Ga. I consider myself very fortunate--I get to be around intelligent, energetic and enthusiastic young people. What a joy. I believe the written word is one of the most powerful tools known to humankind. And now we have the ability to reach millions with a simple click of the mouse. Wow.
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12 Responses to Spring So Soon?…

  1. Karen Erwin-Brown says:

    my news article this morning was about the groundhog. Weird, huh
    Karen EB

  2. charlalee says:

    Do you think that, because its so warm now, that this summers going to be like Africia? and is that a Goldendoodle with a golden retriever head?

  3. J9 STYLE says:

    These photos are beautiful! And it was 86 where I was today. I call that summer!

  4. JIM WOODS says:

    I REMEMBER DRIVING TO WORK AND HEARING IT ANNOUNCED THAT PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL HAD SEEN HIS SHADOW.
    ONLY PROBLEM WAS IT WAS PITCH BLACK AND I WAS 40 MILES EAST OF THE GROUNDHOG
    .

  5. Cham says:

    Whatever you want to call it, the winter has been wonderful and blended with all the moderating temperatures. Great to see you at the “Winter” Market.

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