At last… Spring has arrived!
The weather has finally changed from brutally cold to pleasant. In fact, we suspect that the pleasant spring temperature will not last very long. There have been some days of higher temperatures where we have started to sweat. Sadly, we might move from freezing to boiling in a matter of weeks. Thankfully though, there is no longer a need for gloves, hats, or jackets.
This is the courtyard outside our bedroom. The ground was covered with a wet icy layer for a few months. The sun sets behind the buildings, and on cloudless days the sky is orange or red. Spring is beautiful and we are glad that it has arrived.
Justin and I have been going on evening walks. Dongying is probably the least beautiful place that we have ever lived in but still, so we really appreciate the flowers and leaves that have started to bloom on the trees and bushes.
On our walks around the neighborhood we always see people selling the strangest things.
FOR SALE: Chicks with dyed feathers (I don’t understand why you would want a pet that will essentially die in a short amount of time, or grow and be eaten, but the locals BBQ dogs here, so maybe I just don’t understand much of what they do)
I found pots of mango sorbet at the local grocery store, and they have become my new favorite treat. As you can see, above, I get them when we go walking after dinner. They are very yummy, and low in calories, so I don’t feel guilty.
The square near our house
There is a big open square about 15 minutes walk from our house. I used to run there in winter. With patches of snow, and no one there, it was quite bleak in the cold. Now that the weather has warmed up, there are many people flying kites and walking their dogs.
It seems that you can rent kites here.
Perhaps the kites are for sale, but they don’t look new so we assumed that they were for hire.
“People watching” at the square.
On many of the icy winter runs that we used to do, I would look down the above road and see a brown dusty neighborhood. On this day, as we walked by, we were excited to see a sea of cherry blossoms. We walked down the side street, for the first time, to take a closer look.
The bushes surrounding this park were thick and bright green.
We explored the area.
As well as exploring the surrounding neighborhoods, we decided to check out the river area behind our school. We have run along there more times than you could imagine, however it has been cold, wet, and the river has been covered in ice.
The grass is green now, and the trees are getting thicker.
Pretty pink flowers have bloomed.
More Cherry Blossoms.
We took these pictures with our old little compact camera, so they are not that great, but you get the idea. Hopefully we will see many more pretty flowers sprouting up around around school soon.
We only have two more months left in China, and this will certainly make life a lot more pleasant. This Saffa-Texan Duo does not enjoy the cold!!