Sam WHITBY #229

Letters to the Editor

from Sam WHITBY in CMO #229

@. . . .   Thank you for the news of CMO #228. Thanks for sending Don's Mars images, which are great as always.
  We have had some very warm and comfortable days. Last Wednesday I planted spinach, lettuce, snow peas, and Irish potatoes in our garden, and I was comfortable working outside in a short sleeved shirt. The temperature still usually drops below freezing at night.
  On the 21st of February I heard the little grass frogs called spring peepers for the first time this year, and since then I have heard them several times. A few years ago David and I heard what sounded like thousands of them singing in broad daylight out on the farm. Slowly and carefully we tried to sneak up on them. Suddenly they all became silent at the same time, as if their conductor had dropped his baton. We were so surprised that we laughed out loud. They did not make another single sound that afternoon.
  The crocuses and daffodils are in full bloom. My King Alfred Daffodils bloomed two weeks early this year.
  Speaking of the garden, let me brag that the greens that were completely covered by snow for two weeks survived with hardly any damage. Some of my winter garden had to be dug up in order to make room for spring veggies. Now that is a tough garden.

  We are well, hoping you are the same.

  With best wishes,

(4 Mar 2000 email)

Samuel WHITBY ( VA, USA ) :