Easter may be over, but we found a couple of bunnies hopping around a trail in Fairview, Oregon we were taking photos on last week. So stinkin’ cute! One stayed pretty hidden, but the other hopped right across the path we were walking on, then back across it to his bunny buddy on the other side. These are the bunnies I was talking about seeing in my last post. I finally decided to actually share those photos with you all. I know. I was keeping them all to myself for a bit. Cause I’m stingy like that…
I must say, it is so nice to get out and see pretty flowers blooming & bunnies hopping around. Ok, so, some of the flowers we were seeing were actually skunk cabbages, but they didn’t stink and were quite pretty, so it’s all good. Really.
Happy spring, y’all!
Bunny pics by Calvin Hodgson. You can find his work on Flickr and on his blog.
Of course, we’ve all heard about the tradition of the Maypole, though many of us haven’t seen it. But, when I was a child, for May Day, we used to go gather wild flowers, make a tiny, usually sad looking bouquet, leave it on our front doorstep, knock on the door and then Run as fast as we could out of sight so our mom wouldn’t see us when she opened the door. She could probably hear us out of breath and laughing around the corner though.
This tradition seems to have gone to the wayside, but it was such a fun one for us as kids, it really should be brought back. Growing up in Michigan, we didn’t have a lot of spring flowers blooming yet, but we just gathered what we could find, tied a bow around it and called it our May Day bouquet.
In France, the lily of the valley became a symbol of May Day after Charles IX received one as a good luck charm on May 1rst. The lily of the valley is one of my favorite flowers, and always brings back memories of my grandma’s house – sitting beside the lily of the valley overflowing around the big trees in her yard, imagining they were tiny little fairy bells. Perhaps a tiny sprig of Lily of the Valley would be a nice gesture this year…