Spring on Verdun Avenue – Le printemps sur l’avenue de Verdun

(In English below)

Le printemps est là! Les primevères sont déjà sorties depuis quelques semaines, mais elles couvrent maintenant tout mon gazon. Les fleurs sont là. Je suis heureux. J’envie seulement le cèdre de mon voisin. Il est tellement beau que la villa en porte le nom…

Le printemps est donc arrivé avec les poissons dans le dos du beau frère, les violettes et les bourgeons vert tendre… Tout est propre, neuf et plein d’espoir. J’attaque le grand nettoyage de la maison demain…

Spring is here! Primroses have already been out for a few weeks, but they now cover the whole lawn. The flowers are there; so I’m happy. I just wish I had my neighbor’s cedar tree. It is so beautiful that the villa was named after it… We actually had a huge cedar tree in the driveway, but my dad wanted to fit more cars and got rid of it a few years back. I might just replant one at the very same spot just to spite him :0) 

So yes, Spring has arrived with the paper fish in the backs of, oh so naïve brothers in law, fragrant violets and buds of all kinds and sizes… Everything is clean, fresh and full of hope. I shall start the Spring cleaning of the house tomorrow…

42 Comments Add yours

  1. We’re still struggling to get rid of winter. Your photos bring me hope that our spring surely can’t be far off.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      I’m so glad!

  2. lolarugula says:

    Beautiful! My crocus are all that’s in bloom here in Illinois but my other bulbs are getting there. I love the springtime!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      I do too. I still remember the tulips on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. I LOVE your part of the world!!

  3. ladyredspecs says:

    Pictures are gorgeous! I’m glad the sun is losing it’s strength and the trees are starting to change on this side of the globe!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      I like spring, but I think fall is my favorite. I hate the summer… 🙂

  4. Absolutely beautiful photos! So happy for spring!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks! I love spring too!

  5. cathynd95 says:

    It is funny how in the US everyone puts down fertilizer to get rid of what is really wild flowers in their yards, so we dont see wonderful yards full of flowers, just green and manicured. and if they aren’t their local home owners associations usually get after them to “clean up” the situation, and plant non-native flowers in their flower beds

    1. My French Heaven says:

      That reminds me of a movie in which an old lady was paying a young boy to weed her garden. The boy asked her who decides what’s a weed and what’s not as he thought some of the weeds were as pretty as some of the flowers… The old lady could not answer…

  6. melanietoulouse says:

    Bonjour Paradis Français! C’est magnifique chez toi, aussi… 🙂
    – – –
    le type avec le poisson dans le dos, c’est toi?! 😉
    – – –
    ah, dimanche dernier, j’ai préparé une purée de yams avec coco milk, un peu de poivre et un peu de muscade, pas de sel… succès et yummy total! 🙂
    Un après-midi formidable et bonne chance dans tout ce que tu fais… à+!
    Amicalement, Mélanie

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Non, c’est mon beau frère… Je crois bien qu’il est resté collé tout l’après midi 🙂 Oui, bien belle journée ici aussi! Il faut que j’en profite pour jardiner. J’ai un peu la flemme…

  7. Hélène BOIS says:

    merci pour toutes ces si belles photos. Je ne me lasse jamais de les regarder et souvent me demande pourquoi je ne vois pas ces milliers de détails dans mon jardin ou dans mes promenades (non, je commence à bien les remarquer !)

    1. My French Heaven says:

      C’est bien Hélène! On ne prend jamais assez le temps de se poser et d’apprécier les détails qui rendent la vie si belle… Vendredi, je prépare les foies gras pour le baptème de Théo. Je penserai à toi 😉

  8. becky6259 says:

    Ah, Spring — love it! Beautiful pictures!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks Becky! I like Autumn and Spring best… It’s also a great thing culinary wise, as I can use different ingredients in my cooking. I saw the first asparagus on Sunday at the market… 🙂

  9. Beautiful! Love the little blue fish on that guy’s back! Au revoir! Off to spend a little time in the sun. 🙂

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Enjoy my darling! You deserve it! I hope you’ll share some pictures of your trip when you return!!

  10. eveleduc says:

    Pour un instant, en lisant le titre de votre article, je croyais que vous étiez en visite à Montréal! Cependant, vos photos ont révélé un paysage beaucoup plus joyeux et frais! 😉 Merci pour ce vent de fraîcheur!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Montréal me manque parfois. Quelle ville formidable…

  11. acflory says:

    I am enjoying the coming of Autumn here in Australia. The searing heat is gone, and the rain has washed away the dust. Now when I walk out into my garden the ground no longer crackles from the dessicated eucalyptus leaves. Enjoy!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Eucalyptus leaves remind me of Greece and California. I miss their incredible smell…

      1. acflory says:

        They are quite unique. I knew California had eucalypts but I didn’t know Greece has them too.

        1. My French Heaven says:

          They were the first things I ever smoked when I was a kid and my dad took us to Greece on the boat every year… Memories…

          1. acflory says:

            -blinks- You smoked gum leaves? When I was a kid I remember trying to whistle with them but that’s it! lol

          2. My French Heaven says:

            Actually, up until a few years ago, they used to sell cigarettes made out of Eucalyptus leaves in pharmacies in France. They said it was good for the lungs LOL!

          3. acflory says:

            LMAO! Talk about misleading advertising! Although rubbing fresh gum leaves on your chest may possibly do some good. 😉

          4. My French Heaven says:


  12. Beautiful. It’s Autumn here so we are preparing for winter. Woke up this morning to torrential rain. Your post has literally brightened up my day.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      I’m glad the post made your day! Remember there is great beauty in every season. Autumn is one of my favorites…

  13. Spring is being stubborn about staying around this year. We get warm days then bitter cold days. We were spoiled last year.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      It’s touch and go here too. 3 or 4 beautiful days and then 1 day of rain… Winter was mild though and April tends to be really warm, sometimes really hot here…

      1. Summer will get very hot. I’m a spring and autumn fan. I don’t like the extremes.

        1. My French Heaven says:

          Another thing we have in common! I am actually extremely allergic to the sun… My great grandma was from Transilvania (not kidding). It is the vempire in me I guess…

          1. If I get too much sun I get a rash. Ugh. Hats and sunscreen. It’s not so bad I can’t go out into it but I have to be careful. First happened in Greece with the hot sun. Transilvania? That must make for some interesting conversations. 🙂

          2. My French Heaven says:

            It really does 🙂

  14. I really enjoy your posts and perspective! Happy Spring from Los Angeles, California, USA :>)

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks! Happy spring!!

  15. Steve says:

    Here too!!!! Minus 4C today! Almost shorts weather.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Considering where you live, minus 4 isn’t that bad 😉 I remember once, in Montréal, walking back from a New Year’s eve party by minus 42! It was so dry, I barely felt the cold…

  16. Leilani says:

    Sigh! Life just sounds better when narrated in French. (MUST LEARN FRENCH! MUST LEARN FRENCH!!)

    1. My French Heaven says:

      I wouldn’t know, but I trust your judgement Leilani 😉

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