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Madison Monday: Spring has sprung

By April 5, 20112 Comments

(Yes, I know it’s Tuesday, but still getting back into the swing of things after 10 days on the beach) 

I’ve woken up the last few mornings since returning from the beach with itchy eyes…it must officially be spring in Madison. Early April in Madison is like a little girl in her new Easter dress, twirling around you shyly to show off all her bright colors before she overdoses on candy and plunges into a full-blown sugar induced explosion. The explosion is good and bad. Beautiful, but hard on your nasal cavities.

Here are pictures of my favorite Madison street in the springtime, 2nd Street from about the Lanier Mansion on down. For about two weeks in the spring driving down this street is like driving through a little tunnel of white and pink blossoms, starting with the profusion of flowering trees on the lawn in front of the Lanier Mansion. I will confess that I discovered how beautiful 2nd St. is in the spring when I began to use it as a shortcut around Main St. with all of its stop lights. Yes, ever in a hurry, but now that I’m on sabbatical, I can take a leisurely walk down 2nd St., and hopefully carry this lesson of patience with me when I return to my day job.

I’ve also included for your viewing enjoyment pictures of some of the bulbs I planted in the fall, including this white daffodil with a pink cup. These are just one of the flowers I always begged my mother to buy from the seed and flower catalogue when I was little, and which I indulged myself with as a grownup. I don’t see these around town, and I’m thinking that probably means they’re more temperamental, but even if they never come back again, aren’t they worth it?

There’s a lot going on in Madison with spring swinging into gear. This weekend, there’s This is Jazz, featuring the Bill Lancton Coalition at the Fry Building Friday and Saturday night. Next weekend, the Folk Festival Kick-Off Event will be a Pub Crawl through Madison (they had me at “pub”). And at the end of this month, I just found out about an event that combines two of my new loves, knitting and fiddling. The first annual Indiana Fiber and Music Festival is April 30 and May 1 at the Clark County 4-H Fairgrounds in Charlestown, Indiana. My fiddle teacher’s group, West of Dublin will be playing, and there will be yarn, spinning, weaving, llama’s. Very exciting.

Lanier Mansion lawn


  • BookBelle says:

    So – I have missed about a million posts on here. Where have I been? It's really hard to read blog posts when you're helping a 12 year old with homophones. My head is officially spinning now.

  • Robyn says:

    BookBelle, I was in Florida for 10 days with various family members. Sorry to be the cause of head spinnage. I had to look up homphones, so I can imagine how stressful it would be to be assisting anyone with them. With our 9-year-old, it's the math that hurts. A social scientist and a humanities professor are not really strong in the math department.

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