April 1

And thus begins the longest six weeks of the year — when it should be spring, but it won’t be till the lilacs bloom and the garden stores open around Mother’s Day.

Lake Ontario

New Englanders know this as the fifth season — mud season.

Mud season is the name given to the period between winter’s end (late March) and spring’s start (May) when unpaved roads, dirt paths, and hiking trails become a muddy mess from melting snow and spring rains. Just as miserable as the mud this unofficial season brings is its weather:  warm-one-day-and-cold-the-next temperatures, and alternating sunny, snowy, and rainy skies.


We kick off mud season with snow. Coffee poured.

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