April in Lithuania


April in Lithuania
Is when the storks had come back to rooftops to nest
and earth exhales a fresh baked breath;
April in Lithuania
Is when the blue of the sky meets the blue of the Baltic Sea
Interrupted gently by golden dunes;
April in Lithuania
Is when fence posts and siding reveal their flaws
Springtime hustle slowly moves in on the horses hooves;
April in Lithuania
Is when the wood stacks had shrunken
Straw roofs of dwellings fashion new green beards.

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25 Responses to April in Lithuania

  1. Looks truly amazing, thanks for sharing!

  2. bobraxton says:

    We have greeted storks at the East Africa end – Kibwezi and other parts of Kenya.

    • BeeHappee says:

      We would drive through Lithuanian countryside, and the meadows are full of long-legged storks. They fly back from the south late March. There was always a nest on my granfather’s barn. One year, he found an injured baby stork. We fixed him up and I fed him some bacon pieces. Your travels to Africa sound amazing.

      • smcasson says:

        Beautiful pictures, but oh what a sad brick wall! My house is the same construction – solid brick – and I have a couple places that need tuckpointing. That damage is from lots of freeze-thaw cycles.
        Anyway, sounds really neat with the straw roofs, colorful houses, etc. You don’t see much of that in USA…

        • BeeHappee says:

          Scott, yes, but that brick wall is of the castle that was built back in 1600s. . 🙂 Although restored many times, and restored since the time I visited it, but they always try to leave some walls untouched. Here is the history of it: http://www.panemunespilis.lt/?pg=95

          • smcasson says:

            Wow, we think we have history here in America… That’s 200 years older than even my old house!

          • BeeHappee says:

            Yes, there is some history there for sure. The only sad thing is that most of building and structures had been destroyed in numerous wars, so much had to be rebuilt. Is the brick in your house hand made? Some structures here in IL from mid 1800 used the brick they made from clay right there on the land.

  3. smcasson says:

    Yup, slave built with bricks fired on-site. Most framing (window headers, windows, rafters, even doors) is original and were handmade. Hand carved doors, hand hewn beams, forged square nails… Really cool history here that we are still researching. The slave quarters were in the house, too. Builders and owners and family are buried in the cemetery in the backyard, along with slaves.
    Anyway…. Sorry, started geeking out on ya… 😉
    I used to feel “purist” about repairs/restoration, but eventually the work becomes part of the building’s history. As long as the work isn’t cheap and is done with the building’s best interest in mind, I think it’s ok. Additions to a building, I’m a little more leery of…

  4. Looks great. I think I could live there, especially in that last house.

  5. Cool buildings and scenery! 🙂

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  7. smcasson says:

    OK, I wanted to comment on this for a while, but I wanted a link ready, so I found the link and now I can comment! lol
    Anyway, this is the first time I have seen firewood stacked in a circular neat stack in the wild! (seen plenty of haphazard piles) I heard of the method on woodheat.org: http://woodheat.org/firewood-follies.html
    I didn’t think they were more than legend or something. Maybe you have insight as to why someone stacks that way? I suspect the only reason would be that it requires no stakes and can be stacked tall. Although the fella writing in the link above used a stake.
    Maybe all this is inconsequential, but I got a kick out of that picture. And all of them! Always enjoy your pics.

    • BeeHappee says:

      Ha, interesting. You know, I have no answer about the firewood. I have one with 3 piles like this circular. And truthfully, only saw it done this way in this specific region. . Both of my grandparents farms did not stack that way, it was just regular way in the shed. . So maybe it was just a tradition for that region. Interesting point, I will have to research. You are good at noticing things!!

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