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“Pretend Spring” Is Not Actually Spring.

Chris and I are so ridiculously ready for spring. Enough with these dark Norwegian winter days! “Enough!” I say!  Spring seems to be coming to the rest of the world and it’s high time it appeared here too. All the signs of spring are here… but no actual spring. We’ve tried to ignore that fact, follow the signs, and pretend it’s spring anyway.

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For example, we’ve had two straight weeks with no rain AND lots of sunshine, but when we pulled our bikes out of storage to enjoy a sunny ride around Hundvåg island over Easter break we couldn’t ride long because the still-freezing temperatures froze our faces and fingers.

Tulips and Easter lilies are popping up in shops and seedlings for our future patio garden are sprouting and thriving on the windowsill, but not a single bud or blossom is to be found on the trees and bushes outside.

Asparagus is actually starting to taste good again, but although we power-washed our balcony, scrubbed down our Weber, and grilled up the first brats of the season to go with it, we were forced back inside by the bitter fjord wind when the sun dipped behind a building.

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Swimsuit-clad mannequins show off in all the store windows, but when we brought camp chairs to the beach to spend the morning reading in the sunshine and sand, we realized how much of a bummer it was that we didn’t bring thick blankets too.

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We even helped the JWC Sailing Club dust off the boats to be ready to launch for a summer of sailing, but on a trial run today it snowed.

So take note, no matter how desperate you are and no matter how hard you try… pretending it is Spring will not make it Spring.