Each winter we feed a flock of about 30 American Goldfinch on the garden patio. Their coloring is rather drab all winter long. But around Easter time every year the males begin to put on their spring suits and the patches of bright yellow begin to show.
The entire patio is lined with Forsythia Bushes which is one of the first spring shrubs to bloom a vibrant yellow every year. Both the birds and the Forsythia reach their full color at about the same time. It looks like we have flying Forsythia in the garden patio for several weeks each spring. Then the Goldfinches move on to do their thing and return in the fall to settle in to spend their winter hiatus with us once again.
In the past seven years we have done hundreds of weddings here at The Inn at Rose Hall. Each one is special but every once in a while there is one that could be called extraordinary. It happened this weekend.
Just before the wedding started the groom slipped back into the kitchen and handed me the bride’s wedding band and said, “she hasn’t seen this one yet.” They had shopped for their wedding rings together and had made a practical decision about the ones they purchased. The bride had given me the practical rings for the ceremony. Without her knowledge the groom had gone back to the jewelry store and bought her the wedding band she had absolutely adored. The one that wasn’t practical just drop-dead gorgeous. When the groom slipped that ring on the bride’s finger I didn’t think we would make it through the ceremony. She was overcome with emotions and completely surprised. It will a story that is told to their children over and over.
The first sign of spring.
The first sign of spring arrived this past week. What a welcome sign! Growing up in Colorado I remember the crocus would peak through the snow and we would know spring was just around the corner.
It’s time to make your plans to visit us here in Eureka Springs. It’s been a long winter and we’re ready for spring. It will be fun to see our old friends meet new people this year.
This next week I will post some of the events that are being planned for this season.
And don’t forget the Eureka Springs St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 15th which starts at 2PM. This event began in 1993 and has continued to expand with more of the usual Eureka Springs outrageous floats, music and even a mechanical dragon and a unicorn pony. Eureka Springs loves a parade!