Finally, the First Day of Spring is here. Today is the Vernal Equinox where we have equal amounts of daytime and nighttime. Tomorrow we will have more daytime than nighttime.
This will not be the case for me today as my day will be a longer day and tomorrow will be a much shorter day as I cross the International Date Line during my flight. No equal amounts of sunshine and darkness for me.
Of course, the Signs of Spring are all around.
Here is a picture that I took yesterday of one of my rose blooms. This rose is also very fragrant and I really enjoyed the smell of spring.
I can just imagine what my rose bushes are going to look like in another week. They all have a lot of buds and they should be very colorful.
In the last couple of weeks the trees have been turning green again, but at the same time releasing a lot of pollen. This is the time of year when I have a lot of allergy problems.
Here is the smaller tree in my backyard. You can see that it already has a lot of leaves on it. The tree is currently about the same height as I am, but I am sure that by mid-summer that it will tower over me.
It has really been Greening Up over the last couple weeks.
Now for a quick breakfast before the long drive to the airport for a very long flight.
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Tagged leaves, nature, Rose Buds, Spring, spring growth, Trees, vernal equinox, Winter, Yellow Rose
A couple of years ago I wrote a post about The Packing Formula.
My packing for trips is mostly formulaic. I just have to adjust the inputs.
This trip is a little shorter than usual, so it affects the formula in an interesting way. I will usually over pack on a shorter trip as I need to make sure I fill up my suitcase. It is not that I pack things I don’t need, it is that I will sometimes dress down in the evenings instead of wearing my work clothes all day.
I am about ready to start filling up Clifford the Big Red Suitcase. What? You don’t have a name for your suitcase? You must not travel very much.
On this trip I am off to Shanghai to teach a one week course. I will most likely not spend much time in traffic as the course will be at the hotel I am staying at. That is good as I affectionately call traffic there The Shanghai Derby.
I am hoping that at least one night we will go to the city center and visit the Yuyuan Gardens and Nanjing Road. I am hoping to get another taste of the best dumplings I have ever had.
You can see a night picture from Nanjing Road by clicking on Shanghai Nights.
Of course, I am also looking forward to the good food in Shanghai. I also like the way that food is presented in China, especially when they put The Whole Fish on the plate.
There is a good chance that I will not be able to post during the trip. During my last trip to Shanghai I had to go On Hiatus as I had difficulty accessing wordpress during the trip. Maybe it will be better this time.
Now to finish packing!