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The natural beauty of spring

April 17, 2012
By WILLIAM MAZEY - Community Columnist (editorial@ , Tribune Chronicle |

Spring is one of my favorite times of year. The vibrant colors coming out of the ground through the grass, flowers and trees are lovely. Looking around I see all the different shades of color mixing together to make a beautiful picture. Driving around is really quite enjoyable during this time of year.

Even the changes in the weather are interesting to me. Snow in April is not normal so it was pretty nice. There wasn't enough to shovel and the ground was warm enough that it didn't stick around too long. It was nice to look at and a small enough amount to enjoy.

Another thing that is nice to see while driving around is the fresh turned dirt. The farmers are getting the fields ready to plant. The turned-over dirt adds new colors and textures to look at. Plus the different farm equipment is pretty interesting too. It used to be that I thought a tractor was a tractor. But I've learned a little bit since moving here.

It may seem funny to some people, but I am learning the difference between some of the farm tractors. They come in different sizes and colors and as they are working in the fields they add to the beauty of the landscape. When you throw the Amish into the mix and the way they farm, the scenery is even more interesting.

There is so much to learn and experience around Trumbull County that there is no way that anyone can complain of being bored. The Bee Keepers Association usually has a monthly meeting and they are always looking for people to attend. We have gone to a couple of their meetings and were always made to feel welcome.

There is the Antique Tractor Club of Trumbull County too and I am looking forward to attending some of their meetings. I wasn't raised on a farm and have never farmed but I appreciate the tractors and the heritage. We would be pretty hungry if there weren't as many farmers around here, wouldn't we?

Spring also brings out the garage sales. They pop up everywhere. We don't stop at every one but we do like to stop at some and look around.

We usually find some good books and both of us like to read. I am not into garage sales as much as some people but I do follow the rule that ''One man's trash is another man's treasure.''

There is a yearly garage sale at the Christian Church in Champion that has a lot of stuff and good food for sale. I stopped on Friday and picked up three books, a chilidog and a piece of pie. It is a tough job, but someone has to do it.

Pretty soon the April showers that bring May flowers will be here and some people will feel stuck indoors. Get out now and enjoy the beautiful weather and all the great learning opportunities around Trumbull County. I am sure you will be glad you did. All these great opportunities and the beauty of nature make for a great spring!

Mazey is a Trumbull County pastor.



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