Spring already has started

The outside temperature read 11 degrees C on Sunday and the forecast for the remainder of the week is calling for continued mild weather.
The snow is melting rapidly and rivers of water are now flowing along the streets into the storm sewer drains. The water is making its way to the river and ditches are filling around the community.
Some of the creeks already are flowing after only a few days of warmth.
Spring seems to be well on its way.
Seeds are on display throughout the district for gardeners to begin their garden plans and to start planting for transplanting later in May. It is exciting.
Ed Lawrence was busy offering advice on the CBC noon hour phone-in show Monday on when to start indoor plants and when to begin planting out of doors.
He suggested to a caller from Northern Ontario that in our area, we should hold off starting tomato plants indoors for another two weeks, although he suggested we could start peppers immediately.
The gardening season is not that far away.
I have a low spot on my sidewalk that has collected water and frozen throughout the winter. It is melting and can’t quite run off onto the lawn.
The boulevard snow, meanwhile, is receding from the curb—leaving behind a winter’s worth of sand and salt.
The water from the melting snow on the roof is now running into the downspouts on my eavestroughs instead of cascading over the frozen ice in the eaves.
You know it is spring when we set our watches and clocks ahead one hour, which we’ll do this Sunday (March 13) at 2 a.m. Travellers on March Break will get an extra hour of daylight to enjoy the outdoors and vacation destinations.
The barbecues are being displayed and advertised, and stores all have the barbecue accessories on display. You probably will smell burgers and steaks grilling when you take your evening stroll.
Most new clocks, tablets, and cellphones automatically adjust the time change. You only will have to do that to older clocks and watches (I still have several that require me to move the small hand ahead one hour).
At the same time, fire departments across the country are encouraging residents to change the batteries on their smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
The days are growing longer and becoming warmer. The official first day of spring actually is still two weeks away but we can expect the melting here to continue right through to it.
For me, spring has already started.

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