The Retreat from Moscow

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It’s March 1st. March 1st, and 22 degrees F (or -6C). Also, we are expecting another three to five inches of snow.

The retreat from Moscow, 1812 The retreat from Moscow, 1812

As this year’s winter crawls towards spring, it puts me in my mind of Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow. Not that I was there, but I’ve read about it.

The sidewalk in front of our house, February 28th. The sidewalk in front of our house, February 28th, 2014.

Of course, I’m not worried about surviving the journey. But for several years, early springs seemed to be the irreversible trend, and that makes this long winter harder to take. In fact, the average high temperature for March 1st in Chicago is supposed to be 41 degrees F (6 C).

Crocus blooming on March 4, 2012 Crocus blooming on March 4, 2012

There was no snow on the ground at the beginning of March, 2012, for example. Snowdrops and Crocus were blooming.

Our front garden, February 28, 2014 Our front garden, February 28, 2014

I hate to…

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