Photos by Jacqueline Bennett – Springtime in Connecticut

By Jacqueline Bennett


In the midst of trying times one must remember that with each new dawn comes hope for a better day. Take solace in what is ahead – the beautiful blossoms of springtime. I am so fortunate to have these blossoms – soon to be making an appearance – just outside my Connecticut home.


Not far from me, near the Hockanum River Hiking Trail, some trees already have small buds – nature’s promise of what’s ahead.


I’ve been thinking beyond this difficult space in time when the world is gripped by the coronavirus pandemic – thinking about some of my greatest joys in life, such as walking the beaches of Cape Cod in the early morning or late afternoon – West Yarmouth, Chatham, Hyannis. I enjoy when the air is warm enough to wear shorts but cool enough to put on an oversized sweater with them. I also adore watching the sunrise over Hyannis Harbor – so peaceful. Yet, knowing that the arrival and departures of the ferry boats is on the way.  


I’m looking forward to walking and walking and walking the parks and beach boardwalks of Connecticut. And hot lobster rolls at Abbot’s in Noank and Lenny & Joe’s in Madison.     


When I was a student at UConn the horticulture department offered an elective course in flower arranging – a wonderful break from the intensity of core studies. Anyway, I love writing and photography but in the back of mind I thought too about opening a small floral shop. In trying times, why not take a few moments here & there to dream outside your box ? It’s amazing how it can make you smile and the calm it can bring.


Last but far from least, I’m looking forward to the seeing the joyful faces and child’s antics of my great nephews – almost – ages 2 and a half, and one, with the younger one’s baptism coming in June. 


Keep looking forward ……