Cherry Blossom Scout

The blossoms are here

by Carol Browne on March 25, 2014 · 1 comment

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On their phones

Dear friends and family,

If you’re not in Vancouver right now, you may be experiencing very cold weather, possibly snow, freezing, icy roads, an overall onslaught of winter. But do not fear. Spring will make its appearance where you live in the near future. In the meantime, take a deep breath, imagine yourself in the balmy temperature of 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit for our American friends) walking under a nearly blossoming tree while looking at your friend’s facebook status on your smartphone.

Light jackets are really all you need. Also, no umbrellas today.

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Almost blooming

by Carol Browne on March 31, 2013 · 0 comments

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Blossoms in Newton
Right near the corner of 138th Street and 72nd Avenue in Surrey, there are some trees just ready to bloom. Looking around this area today, I was happy to see all kinds of cherry blossoms in our complex and nearby.

I especially like the photo above because the outline of the evergreen tree looks like a drawing. But it was just bokeh!
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A lovely postcard I received in the mail from Lelainia in a postcard swap. :-)

See! Told you that she makes awesome envelopes! I got this postcard in the mail yesterday from Lalainia at tattered edge. She took this photo of a Dresden Plate block she made – with needleturn applique. Very, very fancy! Those are vintage scissors, too.

On the flip side, the message included a suggestion that I think I’ll take:

Grow things you like to eat, even if it’s just a small container on a patio somewhere.

We just happen to have a little patio out back. I think I’ll grow a small herb garden this summer. I think they’re nearly done the windows and the work they had to do around the windows on the outside is pretty close to being finished, so we can hose down the patio, pick the weeks out from between the bricks and do a little planting. I’d also like to get a pot of bamboo. I know there’s a bamboo place out in the Valley somewhere. I’m sure I could get a nice sized pot and then we can hear it in the summer making that “Sssssshhhh” noise when the windows are open. Yup. We can keep the windows open because we have SCREENS! Unheard of out West! But yes, we have brand new screens on the windows.

Guess what? I scouted a cherry blossom tree in mid-bloom by the King George Skytrain Station this morning.
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Putting Newton on the map

by Carol Browne on February 17, 2013 · 0 comments

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'Autumnalis Rosea'

I take my job as a Cherry Blossom Scout very seriously. I kept my eyes peeled for cherry blossoms in my travels to Fruiticana down the street – that store is very busy and smells like a spice market in Khobar (a city we used to shop at when we lived in Saudi Arabia). It’s all worth it as the prices are excellent. I stocked up on vitamin C fruits and I picked up a butternut squash to make some soup. The soup kind of turned out more like baby food than soup. Oh well. It still tasted good with crackers dipped into it.

Wait. What was I talking about? RIGHT! Cherry blossoms! Since I couldn’t find crackers, Kleenex or toothpaste at Fruiticana, I headed over to the strip mall across the street from our place. Lo and behold, in front of a closed down Rogers Video store, a tree with teeny, tiny blossoms sat waiting for me. Woohoo! Jackpot! I was wondering where I’d find some trees in Surrey. I did a quick search and didn’t find much in our neighbourhood – although, White Rock down the street has plenty (according to the VCBF map).
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