Free English Class! Topic: Spring 🌷🐦🌱 (Lesson Only)

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In this free English class I will help you learn English words and phrases so that you can write and talk about the season of spring. You might have noticed that this lesson is a bit late! Spring started a few weeks ago back in March. I should have made an English lesson then, but it didn't really feel like spring. It still felt like winter! Today it is lot more spring-like and there are so many signs of spring right now so I thought this would be a great time to learn some English words and phrases about spring! In this English lesson I will help you learn the English vocabulary about spring! You'll learn words and phrases like: springtime, to leaf out, blossoms, buds, spring break, migration, spring thaw, spring cleaning, and more! I hope you enjoy this English lesson about spring! βŒ› Remember: Always watch the video three times. Twice today with English subtitles on, and once tomorrow with the English subtitles off. This will reinforce the English you have learned! -- βœ… Support Me and Get These Members Only Perks: πŸ˜€πŸ’² If you would like to become a member of my channel here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZJJTxA36ZPNTJ1WFIByaeA/join Becoming a member at every level has these benefits and perks: 1) For 10 minutes during each live stream you will be able to participate in the "Members Only" chat. 2) A cool crown beside your name during live streams and when making comments on videos. 3) Your name in green during live stream lesson chat. 4) You will have access to a members only video each Wednesday called, "Wednesdays with Bob". These are behind the scenes bonus videos with full English transcripts for your listening practice. 5) A full transcript for every Tuesday video. βœ… Join now to receive these perks: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZJJTxA36ZPNTJ1WFIByaeA/join I really appreciate those you that have chosen to thank me in this way! Please only support me if you can afford it! If you prefer to support me via Patreon, here is a link to that page: https://www.patreon.com/bobthecanadian Thank you for your generosity! -- βœ…SEND ME A POSTCARD: Bob the Canadian P.O. Box 419 Smithville, Ontario Canada L0R2A0 -- TAKE YOUR ENGLISH CONVERSATIONS TO THE NEXT LEVEL: βœ…Talk to a real English tutor / teacher at preply: http://tracking.preply.com/SH2X (This is an affiliate, signing up for this service helps support my channel). -- FOLLOW ME: βœ… I have a second Youtube channel right here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmW5tmKIBrryNf5n-_A6Fmw βœ… P.S. If you are interested I have created a podcast of my shorter English lessons. It is right here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1310116 -- #englishlesson #learnenglish #bobthecanadian **Note: All images used under: CC0 License βœ“ Free for personal and commercial use βœ“ No attribution required From pexels.com or pixabay.com

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Well hello and welcome to this English lesson about spring. If
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you live in the Northern Hemisphere it is spring. It
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actually started a few weeks ago. I'm a little bit late with
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this lesson about spring. But we still have about two little
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over two months of spring left before it is summer and I have
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to be honest. Spring just started here. I know it started
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three weeks ago. But it really just started a couple days ago.
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Before that it certainly felt like winter. So welcome once
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again to this English lesson about spring. Where I'll talk
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about all of the things that I would see and the vocabulary I
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would use as an English speaker living in the Northern
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Hemisphere where spring is just beginning. Spring time. So
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spring time is basically spring. It's a word we use to
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talk about this time of year. A lot of times in winter you'll
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say things like I can't wait till spring time. You could say
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I can't wait till spring or you might refer to spring using
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time when talking about it in the past you might say ah back
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in the spring time ah I enjoyed being outside more because the
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weather was cooler. So spring time certainly ah the time of
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year when winter ends and spring begins. Ah right now
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spring time like I mentioned earlier is ah it's in full
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swing here in Ontario Canada. It is ah beautiful outside the
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weather is getting warmer. The grass is growing and so many
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other things are happening. I'm really happy that it's spring
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time even though winter is my favourite season. So the first
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day of spring that's how we refer to it. The first day of
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spring I hope I got this right was March twentieth twenty
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twenty-two. Or March 20th two thousand twenty-2. We usually
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just in English when we say the year. We kind of split it up.
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And I guess we're saying it wrong in a way but 2022 is the
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current year. And spring actually started on March
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twenty twenty-two. There's something that we say a lot as
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spring is approaching. Sometimes as winter is ending
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and as spring is beginning we kind of have days where some
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days it feels like spring and other days it still feels like
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winter. So we use the English verb to feel to talk about the
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season. So like I mentioned earlier even though spring
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started on March 20th it felt like winter. It didn't feel
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like spring on March 20th. In fact yesterday and maybe the
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day before where the first two days where I would say oh it
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Feels like spring today. Yesterday felt like spring.
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Today as well when I look outside it just feels like
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spring today. So that's how we would describe just that nice
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feeling of sunshine and warmth and the opposite of winter. It
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feels like spring. And we start to see what we call signs of
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spring. There are a lot of signs of spring and I'll talk
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about a few of them in this lesson. But one of the obvious
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signs of spring. For me is when things start to grow and things
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start to turn green. So right now when you walk outside I
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showed this earlier in one of my videos that you can see
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daffodils and tulips starting to come out of the ground. So
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certainly when things start to grow that is one of the signs
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of spring. A really nice sign. We also start to have longer
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days. So in the Northern Hemisphere the winter days are
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really really short. I'm sure it's the same in the Southern
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Hemisphere where it's the opposite. But specifically
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where I live the further north you go the shorter the days are
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in the winter. So one thing we notice when spring starts is
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that you can tell that the days are longer. Longer days are
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really really nice. When you get home from work it's not
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dark. In the middle of the when I get home from work it's dark.
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Now when I get home from work I can actually work outside for a
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few hours because it doesn't get dark till about seven or
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eight at night. So that's really nice. It's nice to have
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longer days. Another sign of spring. And then of course we
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have what's called a spring breeze. The only difference
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between a winter breeze and a spring breeze is that a winter
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breeze is really cold. And a spring breeze is in the spring
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and it's very pleasant. If I was to go outside right now I
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can see that there's nice spring breeze. And because it's
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a warm day I would enjoy the breeze. And if you don't know
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what a breeze is it's a light wind. So the winds blowing just
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a little bit. It's really nice in the spring on a warmer day
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if there is a nice spring breeze to kind of keep you cool
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as you walk or exercise or work outside. And one thing we like
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about spring is fresh air. All of the windows in our house are
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closed during the winter. But when we start to have days
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where it feels like spring. When we start to have days in
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the spring where it's warm enough we open our windows to
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get fresh air in our house. We even also say I'm going outside
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to get some fresh air. So fresh air I always think of spring
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when I think of fresh air. You can open a window in the summer
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or fall to get fresh air as well. But certainly after
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having the windows closed all winter. It's nice to open the
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windows of our house to get a little of fresh air once spring
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has started. And the trees start to leaf out. So if you
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see this picture here you'll notice that small leaves are
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starting to come out of the branch on this tree. When I go
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outside in the spring the trees are just starting to leaf out.
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In about a month the trees will have leafed out. And they'll
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have leaves and you can sit in the shade. But right now the
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trees are just starting to leaf out. They're just starting to
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leaves on them. They're very very tiny. But I can't wait
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because when you make videos outside it's nice to make them
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in the shade. And in the spring before the trees leaf out it's
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very sunny and warm but there's no shade. So I'm I'm looking
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forward to a little bit of shade under the trees in a few
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weeks. Uh we also have spring showers. So a spring shower is
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simply a light rain in the spring. It does tend to rain a
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lot in the spring where I live. Quite often when I go to work
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it's raining. We'll have a little spring shower in the
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morning. We might have some spring showers tomorrow
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actually. Uh they're forecasting that there might be
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spring showers. All a spring shower is is it's a really
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light rain in the spring. Uh if it happened in the summer we
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would just call it a shower. But in the spring it rains it's
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usually nice to just feel the rain coming down. It's what
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helps everything grow. It's nice when we have a spring
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shower in the spring. And next we just have lots of sunshine.
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Probably this is one thing that people who experience a really
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really strong harsh winter. One thing they really appreciate is
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spring sunshine. When you can get out in the spring and you
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could feel the sunshine on your face. It's just very very nice
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after being inside for several months. It's very nice to go
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outside and to just have a little bit of sunshine. There
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was actually sunshine when I started the lesson but when I
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look outside now I see that it has clouded over. So hopefully
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the clouds go away and we have a bit more sunshine later
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today. And then we also have what's called the spring thaw.
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The snow melts. If there's any ice the ice melts. Everything
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thaws. So we go from a winter state from a state where
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everything is frozen. To a time where during the day there's
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things everything thaws. But at night it freezes again. But now
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we're at the point in spring where it's a zero all day and
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all night. So now everything has thawed. There's no more
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snow. There's no more ice. It's very very nice outside right
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now. So I mentioned daffodils here in Canada there are three
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flowers that bloom really early in the spring. Uh the first
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they do not have a picture of and that's I think called a
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crocus. But daffodils excuse me. But daffodils are one of
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the first flowers to bloom. They have not bloomed yet in my
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area. They are still growing. But they're definitely out of
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the ground. And in a few weeks we will see them bloom. Nice
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beautiful yellow flowers. Another flower that blooms in
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the spring is a tulip. Now tulips bloom after daffodils in
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our area. As the daffodils finish blooming the tulips
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start to bloom. Uh and to are really nice because they bloom
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we have like early and late daffodils so they kind of bloom
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for a longer stretch of time for us. But we definitely have
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daffodils and tulips growing right now and they will all
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bloom in the next couple of months. They will all bloom
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this spring. And I'll make sure I put some I'll I'll make sure
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I feature some of these in videos coming up. People do a
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lot of planting in the spring. So whether it's planting like
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this this man is planting by hand. Or whether it's planting
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in a big field. Like farmers will plant in their fields in a
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couple of weeks. Um first we plant corn than we plant beans
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here in Canada. But right now people might be planting in the
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ground but it's a little bit early. Generally in Canada we
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do not plant until May. In my part of Canada. Things are
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different in Different parts of Canada. But where I live if you
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planted right now people would think you're crazy. It's a
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little bit too early for most things. Now that being said Jen
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has planted a few things in the field. A few flower types that
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do not mind the cold. So we do have a few things planted but
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for us as flower farmers we will do a lot more planting in
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about three or four weeks. And we'll do that by buying seeds.
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You can see here there are a lot of seed packets or small
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packets of seeds. We buy a lot of seeds in the spring. Uh
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actually we buy them in the winter and then we plant a lot
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of seeds in the spring. If you're wondering how Jen grows
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so many flowers if you can't plant early. Um that's because
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we have a lot of seeds started in our basement. So we start
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seeds in pots and then we later transplant them out into the
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field. So definitely in spring people buy seeds and people get
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ready to plant their seeds and then plant them. Um if you grow
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a vegetable garden in my area. Most people will plant their
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garden. Um yeah maybe around May 15th it depends on what
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they are growing. We also do some pruning. So pruning is
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something that it depends on what you are pruning. Some
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things like to be pruned in the winter. Some things like to be
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prune in the early spring. Pruning is when you take
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pruners. And you take off either some of the new growth
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or you take off some of the older growth or parts of the
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plant that are dead. So pruning is something they do with fruit
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trees. Pruning is something they do with vines in a
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vineyard so for grapes but pruning is something that
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happens. I guess mostly in the winter and also in the early
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spring. It depends on what you are pruning. But here a lot of
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pruning happens I think when things are dormant. That means
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that they are not actively growing they are waiting for
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spring. Pruners are dangerous by the way. Be careful when you
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use pruners. There a lot of mud right now. You can see this
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person is walking in an area that's very muddy. Uh because
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there are a lot of spring showers because it rains a lot
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in the spring. There is a lot of mud. Uh so when I go outside
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right now to make a video I'm often wearing my rubber boots.
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Because even when I walk in the lawn there are areas where
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there's lots of mud. It is very muddy. Um actually today it's
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not too bad because it hasn't rained for a few days. But as
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soon as it rains again we will certainly have mud. Uh again
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lots of mud. I hate it when my kids track mud into the house.
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When you track mud into the house it means you wear your
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muddy boots and you walk into the house and then the house
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gets mud in it. There are a lot of birds chirping. So some
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birds go south for the winter. There are not a lot of birds
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singing or chirping in the winter. But if you've watched
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some of my videos on my other channel you'll notice that
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occasionally you can hear a lot of birds chirping in the
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background. Uh birds seem to be back. Birds have returned from
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the south. By the way birds do migrate. We'll talk about that
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in a sec. Uh but the birds are certainly chirping. When I wake
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up in the morning right now I can hear birds chirping outside
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my window. And there's definitely a bird nest here or
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there around the property. Right now you'll often see
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birds flying with a little piece of straw or grass in
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their mouth and they are building nests so that they can
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lay eggs so that they can have young. So right now definitely
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I know when I was walking the other day I saw a bird nest a a
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bird was building a bird nest in a tree. But I talked about
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this a little bit. The grass is green. We have not started
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mowing the grass yet. We have not moan our lawn. That's hard
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to say isn't it? We haven't moan it yet. Mowed. Sorry. We
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haven't mowed our lawn Sorry I'm saying things wrong. Uh but
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it will be something that we will need to do in about a week
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or so. Our grass is very green. Our lawn is very green. And we
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will need to mow the lawn in about a week. In fact we
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probably could mow a little bit of it today. There's certain
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areas where the grass is very green and it's and it's already
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grown quite a bit where we could mow it. And by the way
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the smell of fresh cut grass is something that you that's
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definitely a sign of spring. So I talked about the birds have
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returned. There are birds that fly south for the winter. So
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there's birds that live in my area throughout the spring,
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summer and fall and then they fly south. There is a
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migration. Birds migrate. Um not all birds but a lot of
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birds migrate south. So in the winter we have birds. But some
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birds have gone they're they're kind of like people. They go
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where it's warm in the winter. So they can enjoy life a little
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bit better. I think some birds don't like cold weather. And
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then often in the spring people will just wear a spring jacket.
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So it's not warm enough to go outside with just short
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sleeves. You still need to wear something. But a winter coat is
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too warm. So often you will own a spring jacket. And if you're
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wondering what the difference is between a fall jacket and
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spring jacket. For me they're the same thing. Uh my this is
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my spring jacket. Right here It's my spring jacket. It's
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also my fall jacket. But generally a spring jacket will
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be colourful. And a fall jacket might be a grey or black or
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brown. Um for some reason a fall jacket is less colourful.
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But that's not a hard and fast rule. A jacket can be any
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colour. But a spring jacket is often also waterproof. Because
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there's a chance it might rain in the spring. We do a lot of
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spring cleaning in the spring. I think in the winter because
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you can't open your windows. You keep your house clean. But
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a lot of people when it gets really nice and when you can
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open your windows and have lots of fresh air. It also makes
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them want to clean their whole house. But like extra clean. So
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we do clean our house all year. But in the spring we sometimes
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open all the windows on a Saturday and do some spring
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cleaning. Where we clean everything we just do a better
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job of cleaning. Um than we normally would. Like a deep
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cleaning. And in the yard we sometimes do some spring
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cleanup. We started doing this actually the other day. In the
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winter sometimes a little branches fall off of trees when
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it's windy. In the winter sometimes things blow around.
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And then when the snow melts you have to clean up your yard.
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So we do quite a bit of spring cleanup in the spring. Um we've
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done a tiny bit of spring cleanup. But we need to do a
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little bit more this weekend I think. I think we'll get out
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there and do some spring clean up tomorrow and I also have a
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day off on Monday so I might do some spring cleanup then as
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well. And then obviously this was something I mentioned
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earlier. Uh spring is a time where it's a lot easier for
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kids to play outside. Our kids do play outside in the winter.
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But usually for maybe an hour maybe an hour and a half. When
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it's below zero it's fun to play outside. But you don't
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play outside for three hours. Because it's just too cold. So
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it's nice when spring comes because kids can play outside.
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Uh and they sometimes play outside for hours on end. In
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English when you say someone does something for hours on end
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it means they do it for several hours for a long time. Rubber
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boots I talked about these a little bit earlier. I think in
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other parts of the world in English they call them wellies
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or other names but in Canada we just call them rubber boots.
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Boots that are made out of rubber. So that when you walk
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outside when it's really wet your feet don't get wet. You
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shouldn't leave your rubber boot laying on its side though.
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That's a good way for water to get in your boot. But I have
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wearing my rubber boots outside quite often lately because it
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has gotten a little bit warmer outside. Uh because there are a
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lot of puddles. Um right now the puddles are gone but I
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think by tomorrow night there will be lots of puddles again.
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Uh puddles in the driveway. Puddles of course are little
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pools of water that form when it rains. Um but right now
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things are actually unseasonably dry right now. So
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that's a good word for you. Uh it is the season of spring.
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Normally it's quite wet outside. But it's actually
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quite dry. So we would say it's unseasonably dry. In the summer
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when you have a really cold day you could say it's unseasonably
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cold today. So basically means wow this is a strange
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temperature or a strange situation for this season so we
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have buds so there are a lot of buds on the trees right now
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buds are things that form just before a flower comes out or
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just before leaves come out. So right now the trees have a lot
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of buds on them. Uh on some trees those buds will open and
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there will be a blossom or a little flower. On some the buds
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will open and leaves will come out. So again I'm looking
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forward to things leafing out so that we have a little bit of
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shade. And then we talked about blossoms. To me a blossoms is a
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tiny tiny flower on a tree or bush. So I wouldn't say yeah
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how would you say that? I would say a flower like a tulip will
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bloom but a tree will have blossoms on it. So a little bit
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of a Difference between the two. I should have asked Jen
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for a more formal definition before I did the lesson. And
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then we certainly have bees. As soon as you have flowers as
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soon as there are blossoms you will start to see bees come and
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visit. The bees are collecting pollen. I think this is where I
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should learn my science before I do the lesson. But we
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definitely have a lot more bees. Um not so much today but
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in a few weeks in the middle of spring you'll start to see a
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lot of bees buzzing around outside. Busy as bees. They
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will be. And then we have the return of insects. These are
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called ladybugs in Canada and I think in the United States. I
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think in the UK they might call them ladybirds. We call them
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ladybugs. So a small bug it flies a little bit and it has
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like a red back and then some black dots on it. So the
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insects are slowly returning. Uh when you go outside you can
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start to see some of the early insects are active and around.
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Uh soon we'll have mosquitoes that is one of my least
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favourite insects. Um spring break. So spring break has
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actually already happened. Spring break is when students
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don't go to school for one week in the spring. It usually
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happens in the early spring. It sometimes even happens late
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summer. Uh sorry take the late winter. It depends on the year.
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But most of the time spring break takes place in the early
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spring. So we actually had spring break a couple of weeks
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ago we had spring break we actually had spring break a
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week before spring actually started. So while we were on
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spring break it was still technically winter and at the
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end of spring break it was March 20th the beginning of
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spring. In my part of Canada and in many other parts of the
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world where there are maple trees and where there is winter
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in spring you will have maple syrup. So maple syrup is made
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from the sap of maple trees. And then they kind of boil it
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down into a syrup and it's very very sweet. It's one of
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Canada's major exports. So if you've never had maple syrup.
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You should try it sometime. It's it's quite expensive but
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it's also very sweet and very very yummy. Another thing you
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will see a lot of in my part of the world in the spring is you
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will see motorcycles. You cannot drive a motorcycle in
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the winter. So as soon as it starts to get warm enough
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usually around the first or second week of spring you will
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start to see motorcycles on the road again. Uh you can't drive
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a motorcycle in the winter because it's too slippery. You
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will just fall over if you try to drive a motorcycle in the
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snow. So even the other day I was out and I saw a number of
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motorcycles. Um because it was the warmest day of the week. Uh
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and people would come home from work and they would go and take
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go for a ride on their motorcycle. By the way an
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interest thing in Canada. Motorcycles are For some people
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it's their main form of transportation. But most of the
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people I know they own a motorcycle and they ride it for
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pleasure. Or they ride it for fun. So most of the people I
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know don't drive their motorcycle to work. They drive
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their car to work. And they go on the weekend and drive their
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motorcycle for fun. So an interesting thing about Canada.
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Probably because yeah you can't drive your motorcycle for about
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five months out of the year. You can only drive your
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motorcycle from about till about October and then gets a
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little chilly and a little cold and when the snow starts to fly
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in the fall you can't really drive a motorcycle. The other
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thing you will see a lot of our classic cars this would be like
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a hot rod or classic car or sports cars. So like a brand
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new Lamborghini or Ferrari. In Canada winter is not a good
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time to drive a classic car or a sports car for a couple of
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reasons. Number one if you have a Lamborghini and you try to
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drive it in the snow it just won't work very good. The tires
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will spin a lot and you'll go off the road really easily.
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Number two in the winter in Canada we put a lot of salt and
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sand on our roads so that it melts the snow and the or the
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sand gives you traction. And both of those things are not
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good for fancy nice cars. They the salt especially will cause
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the car to rust really fast. So generally people who own really
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really nice cars rich people they don't drive them in the
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winter. They drive something else in the winter. But just
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the other day I was making a video and someone drove by in
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like a 1970 Chevy Nova. Really nice paint job. Really big
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engine. Um that person would not drive that car in the
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winter. So in the spring we tend to see a lot more classic
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cars. A classic car is like a old car that someone has made
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to look nice again or sports cars.
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