Spring is Near

On Saturday after my exam, I stopped by the fruit and vegetable store to buy some produce. While waiting at the cashier, I could not resist picking up a pot of daffodils. They hadn’t bloomed yet but I knew that they would look lovely when they did.

Yesterday when I got home, I saw that most of the flowers had opened. So beautiful! The colour definitely brightens up our living room and serves as a reminder that, even though it is still cold outside, Spring is around the corner.

What has made you smile this week?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This post was inspired by Trent’s Weekly Smile, a challenge which focuses on sharing all things positive.)

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Grateful for Spring Days

For the last few days the weather has been perfect! Blue skies, no strong winds, temperatures in the double digits – and no snow!Going outside has been a pleasure. Shedding hats and gloves, pedestrians have a spring in their step. Our neigbourhood park has more visitors of the small human variety. A green sheen is now coating the grounds I walk past. My step certainly has a spring to it and I cannot help but think of my favourite composition by Vivaldi – a beautiful expression of what I am feeling with the warmer weather:

This week I am grateful for the arrival of spring and the warmer temperatures.

Processed with RookieWhat have you been grateful for this week? Share your comments or the link to your post below.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Jasmine Tree

Every time I walk to my Zumba class, I walk through the park. The scent of jasmine assails my senses before I pass the flowering tree.

Jasmine tree – landscape. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

The scent reminds me of my university days and the huge tree I used to pass on my way to English classes.

Jasmine tree – portrait. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

But at this moment, I enjoy the perfume and the beauty of the flowers.

Jasmine tree – close-up. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

Do you enjoy the scent of jasmine?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

(This post is linked to Paula’s Thursday’s Special in which we are challenged to show the portrait and landscape version of the same scene.)

Park Art

I love the beginning of Spring. Temperatures are a little warmer, but not too hot. Birds are singing (I hear some now as I am typing this). Flowers are blooming. Beautiful!

And the parks are filled with the voices of children. Sidewalk chalk is brought out into the open and little artists create on hardened spaces. After a sunny weekend, I noticed that some children had been hard at work in the park. I managed to capture their creativity before it was washed away by Tuesday’s rain.

Sidewalk Art in the Park. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

Seeing the art Monday morning on my way to work made me smile. I look forward to seeing more next Monday after the weekend.

What has made you smile this week?

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile© Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

(This post was inspired by Trent’s Weekly Smile, a challenge which focuses on sharing all things positive.)

Spring is Here!

During the past weekend I saw signs that Spring has arrived in the city. Although the temperatures are still cool, it is warmer than winter. The sky is blue this week. The birds are singing. The buds on the trees are unfurling. The grass has turned green.

The signs of Spring make me smile: warmer weather is on its way and, with it, the chance to wear sandals and short sleeves.

What has made you smile this week?

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile© Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

(This post was inspired by Trent’s Weekly Smile, a challenge which focuses on sharing all things positive.)

April Showers?

When growing up I would hear the term “April showers” and not truly understand the reason for the expression because we did not have them in Johannesburg. Since living in Toronto, though, I have experienced wet days during the fourth month of the year. The temperatures rise, birds sing, and moisture is seen in the form of rain.

This year April seems to be a little different. Since Friday (1 April), the temperatures have dropped and this weekend we had flurries. This morning as I stepped outside, a wintery sight was waiting for me.

April Showers? © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016
April Showers? © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

I hope Old Man Winter does not linger. Instead, I wish to welcome April showers and the show of Spring.

Has your weather been normal for April?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

Grateful for Warmer Weather

Processed with RookieWithin the last week, temperatures have started to rise. Days are still cool and there are times when I still wear my gloves, scarf and coat. My winter boots, however, are left on the shoe shelf, my hat and heavy coat reside in the the closet. On an early morning walk I hear the birds sing, and I have begun to see green shoots coming out in the flower beds. Spring is in the air as the children jostle out to recess hatless and gloveless. I move outside with a smile on my face and I do not mind too much now to walk to the supermarket.

The joy I feel at the moment was best expressed by Vivaldi:

This week I am grateful for the warmer weather and will enjoy the higher temperatures that have been forecast in the days to come.

What have you been grateful for this week?

Last week:

Lavender Ladi was grateful for just rain

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

(Join me and share something that you have been grateful for in the past week. Link up with my post so that I know you have participated)

The Changing Seasons: May 2015

Spring is in the air and the evidence is seen when walking by the local park. I took the following photos on 12 May at 7:50am on my way to work. The air felt light and, even though there were no children in the park, I could sense the children’s laughter in the air.

Pictures of the park in spring time has to include a shot of some flowers:

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

Tulips at the park. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

I pass the park in the late afternoon on my way home to work and I see that many children are visiting. It is always such a pleasure to see.

The Changing Seasons posts for 2015:

January 2015

February 2015

March 2015

April 2015

thechangingseasons challenge© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

(This post is inspired by Cardinal Guzman’s Monthly Challenge: The Changing Seasons in which bloggers post pictures of the same location throughout the year. The location I have chosen to focus on is the nearby public park.)

The Changing Seasons: April 2015

During the month of April, the temperatures increase and the grasses become green; the buds on the trees form and we wait in eagerness for them to open. When I walked past our local park, I heard birdsong and I knew that soon it would soon come alive with the sound of children’s voices.

I took these photos near the end of April on the 29th day. The park was quiet when I strolled past it a bit before 8am; however that afternoon I noticed that some visitors were running around the play structure.

The Changing Seasons posts for 2015:

January 2015

February 2015

March 2015

thechangingseasons challenge© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

(This post is inspired by Cardinal Guzman’s Monthly Challenge:The Changing Seasons in which bloggers post pictures of the same location throughout the year. The location I have chosen to focus on is the nearby public park.)

The Changing Seasons: March 2015

Cardinal Guzman challenged bloggers at the beginning of the year to posts pictures of the same location every month. Even though I was not blogging during March, I did remember to take some pictures of what my local park looks like when the snow meltdown occurs.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015
March Meltdown. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

I took these pictures in the third week of march. The days were warmer than they had been for a long time and we were beginning to look forward to spring. In the afternoon as I approached the park, all I saw were puddles of water and plenty of mud.

As expected, there were no children playing in the park on their way home from school – they would have to wait until the sun had dried up the ground a little.

The Changing Seasons posts for 2015:

January 2015

February 2015

thechangingseasons challenge© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

(This post is inspired by Cardinal Guzman’s Monthly Challenge:The Changing Seasons in which bloggers post pictures of the same location throughout the year.)