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Yes, Yes, Yes! The winter is weakening, and I see signs of spring!!

Updated on June 22, 2011

I simply must share this wonderful day with you all, my dear hubfriends!

At last it is happening; The winter in Sweden is loosen its firm grip on the frozen citizens in this country in the Northern hemisphere!

A day like this I want to dance like crazy in the streets and finally throw away scarf and hat and the heavy coat! Yes, I know, maybe I exaggerated just a little bit, I think I still need the scarf but the hat must go, and the big, heavy winter coat is replaced with a light wool jacket! Yes!

The ground is visible!
The ground is visible! | Source

Today, at last the temperature is steady around 5 degrees Celsius and the sun shines from a blue sky. I think I am in heaven! Lalala!

I can see parts of the actual ground in tiny spots where the snow has melted away! It is like a long lost view. There is still plenty of snow left as you can see but that doesn’t matter today: The spring is in reach!

For the first time since last year in the fall we are able to take our usual walk without freezing half to death or run the risk of breaking a leg or arm when sliding around on slippery ice and snow covered roads. Today the snow that remains is porous and I help nature by stomping and kicking at the icy snow a little extra when I walk. A day like this I notice how the whole society is wakening, at first a bit surprised, but many is forced out in the sunny weather walking or sitting near a wall with their faces turned against the sun. Although they are still fully dressed in jackets and such but they are enjoying the warmth and sit in shelter from the winds.

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On our walk we pass the Alpacas which is one of the animals on the High School in our society; the Agriculture school. They are out as usual and try to find something to eat now when they can see the ground! We usually pick this way for our walk and it is also my running track. It is nice to follow the seasons i agriculture and watch the animals.

After this long cold period I think everyone longs for bit of warmth and for the sun. The darkness has subsided and now it is even light in the early morning when I go to work. It makes wonder for me who suffer badly from winter blues. This winter has been a terrible hard winter which you can read more about in my hub about the Swedish winter and last year the winter started in October and has last for five cold months! I have felt like my shoulders were stuck in an up drawn position for ever and now I feel I can slowly let them down as the temperature is rising!

That the snow still is present here and there doesn’t matter! I don´t even see the grey brown ugliness because just now that doesn´t matter. Today the little creak purls so bravely at least in one tiny spot! The trees are free from snow and ice and the Magnolias placed in front of a wall facing to the south have large buds. The birds already know, they sing their spring songs with all the beautiful tones! Marvellous, ones again it finally happens!

Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

The beautiful magnolia flowers are on their way!
The beautiful magnolia flowers are on their way! | Source
Soon the water will flow free!
Soon the water will flow free! | Source
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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      I love the seasons too, even if winter isn't my favorite season. I am freezing very easily and maybe that is why I don't like skiing or other winter activities either. But spring makes me so excited and is very welcome. I look forward to it now. I know I would miss having seasons if I ever moved to a place where it is the same all year around. Thanks for the votes and for your positive comments EuroCafeAuLait,

      Tina

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      EuroCafeLait, February is a tough month here too but it is mostly cold and a real winter month. The more variable weather comes later, in March, and the first half of April. I hope your father in law will recover to enjoy Spring!

      Thanks for reading and the information about the weather in other parts of the world is so interesting.

      Tina

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      Hi ytsenoh, it is so nice to meet you! Yes, the last winter was so long and cold, it seems that it would never end! This year the winter isn't at all that cold and bad, but I feel the same joy about spring anyway! Today we have had a fantastic weather, temperature above freezing point and sun from a blue sky. So I am dancing today as well:) Thanks for sharing my happiness for spring and I will think about doing a Spring hub this year: Thanks for the tips and for reading. I hope spring is in Kansas City by now!

      Tina

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      Hi mijdgulley, Spring brings out the best of me, it is my favorite season! It is a season with new life, warmth and just knowing that the whole summer season is ahead is enough to get my mood way up:) Thanks for reading and for sharing my celebration of spring. I hope spring comes to Oregon soon!

      Tina

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      Hi Malometer, I am so happy to hear that spring is coming where you are too! This year is much better than last year and not so cold but I am so happy for the signs of spring anyway:) I am glad you enjoyed my walk!

      Thanks for reading and the votes,

      Tina

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      Hi WDCurry, you are so welcome to join me on my tour both in spring and in summer! Personally I prefer summer. to me it is the best season here in Sweden! It is awful to freeze like that and I know about the difficulty to get warm again. I am glad spring is coming soon where you are, we will just have to be patience and look forward to the wonderful season that is ahead of us. Thanks for reading and I am so glad to meet you here!

      Tina

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      Hi Tammy, I get excited every year when I see signs of spring! Even though I know it will come I feel the same joy every year. Maybe it is because I don't like winter so for me winter is like a long, long time waiting for spring. Thank you so much for reading and for sharing this hub Tammy!

      Tina

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      Anastasia Kingsley 5 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Loved it, voted up and awesome! Your excitement is very catching. It's nice to have the seasons, isn't it? In Los Angeles it was always the same, here in Europe I love to see the weather change.

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      Anastasia Kingsley 5 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      In Croatia the word for February is Veljaca which means "variable". The first half of Feb is usually bitter cold (and it was, we had knee deep snow, winds and temps in the minuses) and the second half looks like Tahiti! Hoping my father in law recovers, I kept promising him Springtime weather when he gets out of the hospital!

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      Cathy 5 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      I hope for you and yours that spring and warmth are upon you routinely as soon as possible. We who live in the heart of the US (Kansas City) really didn't have any winter at all this time around. Last year was blizzards and there are days now where if feels like the onset of spring. We've been very fortunate to bypass ice and aside from a couple of minor snows, it's really not been winter at all. We need the moisture though. Very nice hub; just reading it made me cold! Thank you for this hub. Send spring pics soon!

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      mljdgulley354 5 years ago

      Spring is on it's way here in Oregon too. I love your pictures and your enthusiasm in this hub.

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      molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      At last winter is receding here in the UK too. Great pictures and nice to know that spring is around the corner.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

      Wow, great shots. I know what you mean about spring is coming. I see the signs here in Florida. The birds are visiting from up north and are all chirping and singing at once. It was in the 40's last week and I couldn't get warm.

      I enjoyed my sweet tour of your town in Sweden, I guess I should come in the summer.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      A beautiful hub for a cold winter day. I keep telling myself.. spring is right around the corner. Great hub!

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Hi RTalloni, and how nice to see your positive comment here:) I am glad to be able to bring about some spring happiness to you. Spring can really make us feel good and the nature is as beautiful as always in this season!

      I so agree with you about learning from others hubs, it is so interesting and fun to learn in this way! Thanks for your much appreciated visit! Tina

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Your excitement is wonderful! I could almost hear your wonderful accent as I read this hub. :)

      Spring can't help it, it brings out the best in us! :)

      I am enjoying learning more about Sweden and Swedes through your hubs.

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Mrs.J.B, Haha, isn't that funny:) We do get our share of the weather!

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      Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

      Tina: Funny it is now chilly here and you are feeling the warmth... What a great day for us!

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Mrs.J.B, at least I was freezing when I wrote that hub. Today it is pretty warm here to, clear blue sky and around 17 degrees Celsius. Wonderful. We do need it after this cold winter! Thanks for your much appreciated visit. Tina

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      Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

      What beautiful pictures. You are freezing and I am dying of the heat. Your hub was so interesting and fun to read.

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      MysteryPlanet, Oh that sounds lovely and spring is such a great season! It is pretty much the same here; still a bit chilly in the air, but one can feel that warm winds and the green spring time is just around the corner:) I so enjoy this time of the year! Thanks for coming by, and it is so nice to meet you! Tina

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      MysteryPlanet 6 years ago

      Spring is well on the swing here. We have blossoms in the trees, flowers in the yard and birds singing every where. There is still a slight chill in the air but the nice weather is here.

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Hey Tina, you are so welcome, it was a wonderful day with promises of warmer weather! Thanks for coming by! Tina

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      Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Thank you for the walk and beautiful pictures

      Tina

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Hi Genna and you are so welcome to join me! We are many on the northen hemisphere that now longs for spring! One of the fun things with this hub is that I get reports from hubfriends in different parts of the world on how far spring has come where they live. It is great to know that we are so many who can look forward to warmer weather soon. Thanks for your visit and kind comment! Tina

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I join you in your expressions of relief and hope as winter is also leaving New England here, in the States. Wonderful hub, and great photos.

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Hi Debbie, even though it happens every year it is wonderful! And after a winter like this spring is so welcome! Thank you for joining up in my cheering for spring! Tina

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      Ask_DJ_Lyons 6 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee

      I loved your pictures and write-up. I too am so excited with all the signs of spring. Thanks for sharing!

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Hi Carrie, how nice to see you again and I am glad you can see signs of spring where you live also. Lets hope we can enjoy warmth and sun now! Take care!

      Tina

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      carrie450 6 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      We are beginning to see green grass thougtforce. That is a sure sign too after this long winter. It's enough to make your heart sing. Nice hub.

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Hi shygirl, nice to see you here! To put away the winter outwear is wonderful, but I do not feel we are totally on the safe side just yet. I don’t wear them, but I let them hang in the hall just in case. Thanks for your comment, which I appreciate! Tina

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      shygirl2 6 years ago

      Cool hub! I always look forward to the coming of spring and shedding heavy outerwear! : )

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Hi sharing the sky, Yes I am very enthusiastic after this long and very cold winter. Unfortunately I don’t like winter at all so for me it has been a long hard time just waiting for it to end. Good to hear you can see signs of spring too and I am so glad you took time reading and join my happiness! Tina

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      Laura Arne 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      Great hub. I had to giggle when I read this cuz I just wrote a hub on how frustrated we Minnesotans are with the winter that never ends. Please check it out. Top Ten Reasons Minnesotans' Can't wait for Spring.

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      sharing the sky 6 years ago from United States

      Lovely description of Winter's transition to Spring. I could almost see it all myself as I was reading. Your enthusiasm is evident and I'm glad for you as well! I am seeing the first signs of Spring where I live as well and I very much look forward to its advancement.

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Hello AliciaC, good to hear that spring is on the way where you live too! It really is a special feeling when it finally happens. It’s like a new beginning and a beautiful season is ahead of us. Thanks for your comment and it is so interesting to hear about how spring advances in different parts of the world. I am so glad you want to cheer the spring with me!

      Hi Izettl, Yes, I say hello to the Alpacas every time I pass them on my route when I am walking or jogging, they are so lovely! It sounds like it is very much rain where you live. Forecast on two months rain do not sound so great either! Maybe I am lucky to have real winter anyway:) Is there a place where the weather is just right? I suppose not, it is always something that is not quite right. I hope spring and sunny weather comes to you soon, lets hope that the forecast is wrong! Thanks for your visit in my corner!

      BkCreative, I hope the snow in New York City doesn’t remain for too long! Fortunately this time of year the snow usually will soon melt away. I feel it is time now to get out in the garden and get my hands dirty in the soil! Great to hear that it is blooming where you live despite of the snow! Thanks for your participating in the cheering!

      Ashantina, Oh,that sounds lovely! We do need some sun and warmth to loosen up our frozen bodies:) Thanks for joining me in the spring dance, it is spreading around the world!

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      Ashantina 6 years ago

      The sun is alive and kicking today here in London :) so Im dancing like crazy here with you thoughtforce!!! :)

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Isn't it lovely. Of course for some reason it is snowing here in New York City right now. But snowing in winter is a whole different event - it's spring now and already life is blooming out there.

      Thanks for this hub that I get to enjoy first thing in the morning. Yay!

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      Lizett 6 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Great pictures. I love Alpacas! I live in Washington state and it rains here a lot- it's a known joke in the U.S and literally our forecast was rain for the next two months. That might not be bad if it didn't rain all winter too- we had 2 inches of snow all winter, but lots of rain. I wish we had some decent spring weather, but I am happy you are starting to see signs of spring.

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Spring is coming where I live too. The spring flowers are opening up and the days are getting longer. It's a wonderful feeling! There is still snow in the mountains, but where I live on the west coast of Canada we don't get much snow in winter. When I lived in other parts of Canada we had long snowy winters just like you describe in Sweden. It was always so wonderful when spring arrived! Thanks for your cheerful hub.

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Silver Fish, I am so pleased to hear that, I will be waiting for them knowing they come from you. What a wonderful place hubpages is! It is a place where the world connects! Thanks for this lovely message!

      Martie, Oh how I envy you those winter temperatures! If I lived there I would have only spring and summer which is a wonderful thought for me! So it is there the sun is when it is merely visible here:) Thanks for this information, it gives me great insights on the climate where you live. Enjoy the sun!

      Katie, that is so wonderful! The power that lays hidden in the ground and suddenly comes up with great force! It is unbeatable! Even though I know it will happen I am amazed every spring!

      Thanks for coming by and celebrate the spring with me!

      Hi Alistar Packer, I can hear your cheering all the way here and Sweden thanks you! I hope you have spring in sight where you are too. I am glad I was able to send some of my joy to you! Thanks for your lovely comment!

      Hi Ghaelach, those cold winds from Russia are icy for sure! It is almost impossible to keep them out no matter how well you dress. I hope the winds turn soon. We have had enough of this freezing cold winter. Hold on, the spring will come!

      Hi Tom, Oh, that is tuff, when the cold weather returns after a sunny and warm day. I am afraid it is the same here since they promise cold weather in a couple of days. The only consolation is that it can’t remain for long now. Spring is on its way! Take care and stay warm my friend!

      Dexis View, Yes sometimes I feel like I want to celebrate the return of the sun like a sun-party or something. It is a wonderful feeling after all those long cold, dark months. I am glad I could transfer some of it to you! Thanks for stopping by and cheering with me!

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      Dexi 6 years ago from New England

      Great hub! I can feel your excitement!

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi thougtforce glad to hear spring is showing it's face in Sweden ! We had one spring like day here and now it is cold again and may even get snow Thursday .

      Awesome and vote up !!!

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      Ghaelach 6 years ago

      Hi Tina.

      If you've got a bit of heat to spare send it down to Cologne in Germany as it's still got an icey wind coming in from Russia.

      It is nice to hear the birds and see the crocus coming through. Have a nice day. lol

      Ghaelach

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      Alastar Packer 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hurray for spring in Sweden! Your hub here has lifted a spirit thousands of miles away. Spent some time in Scandinavia in the eighties and completely fell in love the people. Tak, thoughtforce.

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      Yes indeed, today here in Ohio the flowers are bursting through the earth. How cool, yes yes yes the winter is weakening and I say good bye winter and hello spring. :) Katie

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      In the North West Province, SA, 5 degrees Celsius is about the coldest winter temperature. It could drop to -1 just before sunrise, -3 at the worse. By midday temp will be 9-18, depending on the cold fronts and/or snow falls in the southern parts of the country. The sun is always shining and it is wonderful to relax in a sunny corner where the icy wind can not reach you.

      I’ve found this a very interesting hub, Tina, and voted it up in all ways.

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      Silver Fish 6 years ago from Edinburgh Scotland

      Lovely hub, our geese are leaving now heading back your way for the summer. Thanks.