First Signs of Spring

Instead of starting over at Carpe Diem, we decided to update the windows over a period of a couple months. Keeping the birch tree trunks in place, it was time to reflect the seasonal changes happening in Napa.

 Before - the birch trees with falling snow and snow drifts on the ground.

Before - the birch trees with falling snow and snow drifts on the ground.

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SO, STAGE TWO: February 2018, First Signs of Spring. With a little help from actual Canadians (Aunt Debbie and Uncle Gerry, visiting from BC), my Mom and three year old niece, we removed the falling snow and most of the snow on the ground. We added touches of spring: new grass popping up, buds on the trees and a few woodland animals waking up from hibernation. Plus a cameo from a local toucan, who added all the warmth we needed!

 Actual Canadian snow removal team.

Actual Canadian snow removal team.

 My newest assistant (3 year old niece, Kyla) decided she wanted to add 'pink flowers and green grass'.

My newest assistant (3 year old niece, Kyla) decided she wanted to add 'pink flowers and green grass'.

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 Adding grass and a few buds poking up through the snow.

Adding grass and a few buds poking up through the snow.

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And a visit from a friendly neighborhood toucan, adding an extra summery feeling to the day.