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Ring-a-ding-ding, it's spring!


By Jessie

Yes, spring has sprung for us here in the Southern Hemisphere, bringing an end to the grey days and wintery chills. The season is traditionally the time for green shoots bursting from bare branches, spring racing carnivals, picnics, lambs gambolling through lush paddocks and… um, juicy lamb chops.

But to me spring also means: ducking for cover from anxious mother magpies, the last of those lovely pink magnolias, the first of the mozzies, long walks on the beach before it gets too crowded, cupcakes with butter frosting, daylight after 7pm, more time just to potter, feasting upon new season strawberries and asparagus and wearing my jaunty new clogs.

Spring somehow gives me energy. For some reason, all those irritating tasks that are just too hard to contemplate when it’s cold and wet and there are blankets to snuggle in and endless hot chocolate to inhale suddenly seem urgent and do-able.

So this weekend I will cast off the doona and tackle the grim Mt Everest of mending that is threatening to take over my kitchen table, sort out the linen closet (ugh), wade through the mess of photos and folders choking my laptop and plan a holiday.

Clear the cobwebs for a fresh start I say!

And while I’m at it, I may as well cast a critical eye over body and mind. We all know that keeping fit and healthy is important – but if you’re anything like me, running on a treadmill is a self-imposed torture. Frankly I would rather stick pins in my eyes. So this season, I’ve decided to focus on my neurons – and after much deliberation, I’ve come up with a gruelling regime that will be tough, tough, tough. I’ve resolved to include at LEAST half an hour of puzzles every single day – and maybe even a whole hour. No ifs, no buts [cough].

The treadmill will simply have to wait - but oh will my brain be buff!

Scientists have been saying for a while now that there is a direct link between exercising your grey matter and developing increased mental ability – with the added bonus of greatly reducing your chances of acquiring a degenerative brain disease like Alzheimer’s. So why not join me and ramp up your puzzle-cising?

And if anyone DARE question while you are solving puzzles all day instead of ironing or washing up tell them you are in training for a marathon of minds. Then click your mouse snippily and fire Cryptic Crossword clues at them until they run away scared and intimidated (but secretly impressed).

Jessie x

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PPS: What does spring mean to you?

9 Responses to

Ring-a-ding-ding, it's spring!

September 09, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Hi Jessie, I have had trouble getting on to this site to do my regular puzzles since yesterday afternoon, so this afternoon when they finally fixed whatever it was, I sat down and did two days' worth. I have only one comment. Magpies. I like them. They used to live on our property next door (nearly twice as deep, full of fruit and other trees, and any vegies that grow without help after I have planted them. Least amount of grass. Mainly mulch. It was a bird's paradise. We sold it earlier this year, and the last week they razed everything to the ground. Magpies and native blackbirds(can't remember the exact name)nested in the trees there.The magpie, father, I guess, kept coming over to me every time I went out of the house, front or back. I thought that since they ploughed everything down and took it away, the birds would find plenty of food. Apparently not. So today I took pity, and minced some of the dog's meat, and offered it. He came right up to my feet to get the food. Gently, friendly, nice. I have never in all these years seen anyone in this street attacked by them.

September 10, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Hi Jessie, Magpies, love them, we feed ours in return they keep check on the Indian Miners that inhabit an area further down the street. I must say after the rest of the street go onto the idea, the IM numbers have dwindled. Spring, and our parent Magpies, have a full nest it seems, as they now sit at the back door waiting in the morning. Always entertaining, in the bush, can't wait for the babies to arrive. We use the rolls of dog meat chopped up. One of last years babies stayed till July. Puzzzzelllls, can't get enough time!!!!

linlu said:
September 13, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Hi Jessie, Magpies love them to. Did you know they mate for life & can live to about 30.They also imprint you,re image so they know who is witnin their little territory.They can also mimic the sounds ofdogs & cats

kragzy said:
September 13, 2010 at 11:50 AM

You're absolutely right linlu. We've had a happily married magpie pair in the trees near our home for many years. They produce a new baby each year and never trouble us. But when visitors dare to walk down the street, watch out. Same with us when we walk up the street to the next block and become the foreigners - we get bombed by the resident maggies there. I love magpie songs. I've spent time overseas regularly for work in the past and the most beautiful sound I've ever heard after weeks away was to wake up to the morning songs of the magpies in my back yard. Nothing beats it.

moodymoo said:
September 13, 2010 at 4:45 PM

normally don't mind magpies - what I do ahve to have a little chuckle about is th get up we (yes I have been unfortunately prone to this in the pst) wear on our heads so these little blighters won't swoop. I love the weather in spring too - cannot complain about the sunshine actually being warm again...

rhve said:
September 18, 2010 at 11:12 PM

we haven't had any trouble with magpies lately but we have got a big wattlebird that swoops and attacks our cat every time he puts his nose out the door. it has even tried to get him when he was sitting inside the window or when one of us was with him.

September 20, 2010 at 5:51 PM

I love the magpies too,but not the bird variety,the football kind Carn the Pies this weekend

Will62 said:
September 20, 2010 at 7:30 PM

anne mcardle - for the first time in 20 years i am confident that the might of the mighty black & white will win the fight!!! (apologies to the non-fotty fraternity).

Will62 said:
September 20, 2010 at 7:31 PM

** footy ** by the way - any footy type avatars on the way??