Willow catkins

I routinely have to remind myself of the differences between pussy willows, cattails, and catkins. These, I believe, are catkins, “a flowering spike of trees such as willow and hazel. Catkins are typically downy, pendulous, composed of flowers of a single sex, and wind-pollinated.” These little downy bits are on a willow. And there’s another sign of spring: notice the leaves unfurling at the tip of the branch.

The deck

After seven years we’ve finally decided to get a proper deck behind our house. Considering our winds and the very short season that might be called “summer,” it hasn’t been a hardship. Still, what we had just didn’t cut it.

DH worked with a contractor to make it happen. It’s mostly done. These stairs-to-be await their moment.