Tag: Spring

Jun 01

Early June Garden Report 2017

As the summer months come upon us I take stock of what’s in the garden. The last couple weeks in May were quite rainy, but temperatures have been mild. Here is the list; Asparagus – is doing well in its fifth year and continues to fill out the plot. I’ve had several servings of fresh …

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May 11

Hong Kong

There is one flight daily from Jinan to >>> Hong Kong and it only takes a couple of hours. However, we had delays for some odd reasons and arrived an hour later than scheduled. It seemed as if we had spent the entire day to take a 2 hour flight. From the airport in HK, …

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May 10

Jinan in springtime

After an overnight in Beijing and the half day tour of the Summer Palace, we caught an afternoon train to Jinan. It is such a comfortable way to travel. Traveling 90 minutes with seating that allows relaxed leg-space usually results in at least 40 minutes of snooze time for me. Judging by the trees I …

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Mar 17

The Irish Diaspora

On this day in the month of March people in many parts of the world celebrate the culture of Ireland. The St. Patrick’s Day Holiday brings out all those who claim some ancestral link to Ireland. Even people of non-Irish heritage want to join in the fun of singing and drinking. While the Irish …

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Mar 16

Springtime in the Poconos

Springtime also known as the Vernal Equinox does not officially arrive until Monday, March 20th at 4:30 PM EDT.   The end of the winter season and particularly the month of March in my region is unpredictable as it relates to the weather. We had an unusually mild February. Unusual because February is most often …

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Aug 22

Thunder and Lightning

This summer the Pocono Mountains offered some exceedingly hot and intensely humid weather for an unusually extended stretch of days – turning into about 4 full weeks. Last night, that heat wave broke and night sleeping was, once again, a pleasant rest instead of a torturous, sweaty and fatiguing experience. During this period of tropical …

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May 13

Mid-May Garden report 2016

Regular readers know of my passion for gardening. In previous posts I have shared information about some of the bigger and longer term projects. This summer marks the 8th year since I moved back east. In 2008 I undertook the task of yet another long term landscaping and garden project. This endeavor took some planning, …

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Mar 13

Who was Copernicus?

My frustration with the time change has been perennially documented in the pages of this blog, also see here. Changing the time on the face of a clock biennially doesn’t change the number of daylight hours in a 24 hour period. Today, in the U.S. we return to the task of changing the time on …

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Feb 22

Spring Festival 2016

Spring Festival in China is the most important holiday of the year. Many Chinese return home from distant countries as part of their traditional filial duty to pay respect to elder family members. As I prepared for this trip to China there was a small snag in the plan. Good friend, Lana offered to come …

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Jan 30

About the Chinese Spring Festival

The annual Spring Festival, is called the Chinese New Year by most Westerners, and is based upon the lunar calendar arriving usually in early February. 2016 will usher in the year of the Red Monkey. Domestic travel is challenging during this holiday—- many Chinese will return to their home town for a visit with family. …

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