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  • So I seem to do one of these

    是以,我似乎做了這樣一件事

  • English lessons every year around this time.

    每年這個時候,我都會去上英語課。

  • I like to talk about all of the signs of spring.

    我喜歡談論春天的各種跡象。

  • For me, one of the sure signs of spring is when

    對我來說,春天的標誌之一就是

  • Jen starts to put her little tiny baby plants outside.

    珍開始把她的小盆栽放到室外。

  • So welcome to this English lesson

    歡迎來到這節英語課

  • about the signs of spring.

    春天的跡象

  • So this isn't quite a mud puddle.

    所以這還不算是泥潭。

  • You can see my old Crocs here in the

    你可以在這裡的

  • picture, but there's definitely some mud down here.

    照片,但下面肯定有一些泥巴。

  • This is definitely one of the sure signs of spring.

    這無疑是春天的標誌之一。

  • There's definitely mud everywhere.

    肯定到處都是泥巴。

  • Let's go a little further and

    讓我們更進一步

  • I'll find an actual puddle. Ah, yes.

    我會找到一個真正的水坑。啊,對了

  • Here's a real puddle for you to see.

    這裡有一個真正的水坑供你觀賞。

  • A real mud puddle down here. You'll see.

    這裡真是個泥坑你會看到的

  • We've had a lot of spring rain, so rain is just rain.

    春雨綿綿,雨就是雨。

  • But in the spring we call it spring rain.

    但在春天,我們稱之為春雨。

  • It tends to rain every other day here right now.

    現在這裡每隔一天就會下一場雨。

  • And so we end up getting these puddles in our

    是以,我們最終在我們的

  • driveway, and they have a little bit of water in

    車道上有一點點積水

  • them, and at the bottom, a little bit of mud.

    最下面是一點泥巴。

  • The dogs really love spring.

    狗兒們真的很喜歡春天。

  • It's a time where they can just lay outside in the sun.

    這段時間,他們可以躺在外面晒太陽。

  • How you doing, Walter? Good.

    你好嗎,沃爾特?很好

  • They can just enjoy staying warm instead

    他們可以享受溫暖

  • of running around to stay warm.

    四處奔波取暖。

  • That's usually what they do in the winter.

    這通常是他們在冬天做的事情。

  • But today it looks like Walter's

    但今天看來,沃爾特的

  • just relaxing and enjoying the sunshine.

    放鬆身心,享受陽光。

  • So this is something I don't like in

    是以,這是我不喜歡的地方。

  • the spring because it's so muddy, you end

    因為春天太泥濘了,你最終會

  • up getting ruts in your driveway.

    在車道上留下車轍。

  • You can see here that there are some ruts.

    你可以看到這裡有一些車轍。

  • The driveway... actually, this is a little bit part of

    車道......實際上,這是

  • the driveway, a little bit part of the lawn.

    車道,草坪的一小部分。

  • It's a little bit wet and a little bit muddy.

    有點潮溼,有點泥濘。

  • And if you drive on it, you get ruts.

    如果在上面開車,就會產生車轍。

  • So it's nice to have some trees on

    是以,能在這裡種上幾棵樹真是太好了。

  • our property that stay green year round.

    我們的莊園終年綠意盎然。

  • These are evergreen trees or coniferous trees.

    這些都是常綠樹或針葉樹。

  • But over here we have a broadleaf tree, or

    但在這裡,我們有一種闊葉樹,或者說

  • what we call a deciduous tree, and they are

    我們稱之為落葉樹,它們是

  • just starting to leaf out a tiny bit.

    剛剛開始長出一點點葉子。

  • You can see that there are tiny buds,

    你可以看到有一些小芽、

  • and those buds will eventually start to open

    這些花蕾最終會開始開放

  • up and leaves will come out.

    起來,葉子就會出來。

  • So it's nice to see that there are buds on the trees.

    很高興看到樹上長出了嫩芽。

  • And soon they will leaf out and we'll have leaves.

    很快,它們就會落葉,我們就有樹葉了。

  • Another sure sign of spring. In Canada

    春天的另一個標誌。加拿大

  • in the winter, we do things outside.

    冬天,我們在戶外活動。

  • We go for hikes, we go

    我們去遠足,我們去

  • snowshoeing, we go cross country skiing.

    雪鞋,我們去越野滑雪。

  • But we don't usually sit around outside.

    但我們通常不在外面閒坐。

  • We don't usually have campfires.

    我們通常不生篝火。

  • As you can see here, though, my

    不過,正如您在這裡看到的,我的

  • son has stacked up some wood.

    兒子堆了一些木頭。

  • He's getting ready to have a campfire

    他正準備升起篝火

  • sometime in the next few weeks

    在未來幾周內

  • it looks like.

    看起來像

  • These are actually pretty big

    這些其實很大

  • pieces of firewood, though.

    不過,這些木柴都是

  • It's going to be a pretty big

    這將是一個相當大的

  • campfire when we do light this up.

    當我們點燃篝火時。

  • But another thing that we start to do when

    但我們開始做的另一件事是

  • the weather gets warmer, we start to actually sit

    天氣變暖,我們開始真正坐下來

  • around outside at night and have campfires, sit around

    晚上在戶外生篝火,圍坐在一起

  • and talk and have something to eat and drink.

    聊聊天,吃吃喝喝。

  • So I'm really looking forward to that.

    所以我真的很期待。

  • So I'm always excited when the tulips and daffodils start

    所以,每當鬱金香和水仙花開始開放時,我總是很興奮

  • to grow when they pop out of the ground.

    當它們破土而出時就會生長。

  • Our tulips this year, again, are in crates.

    我們今年的鬱金香還是裝在箱子裡。

  • Instead of planting them in the ground, we've started to plant

    我們沒有把它們種在地裡,而是開始種植

  • them in crates, because in the fall, when you plant the

    因為到了秋天,當你把它們種在板條箱裡時

  • bulbs, it's a lot easier to just put the bulbs in

    燈泡,把燈泡放進去要容易得多。

  • the crates and then fill the crates with compost.

    然後在箱子裡裝滿堆肥。

  • So here you see some tulips.

    在這裡,你可以看到一些鬱金香。

  • They're definitely doing well.

    他們肯定幹得不錯。

  • They're definitely popping up, and we should have some

    它們肯定會出現,我們應該有一些

  • buds and some blooms in a few weeks.

    幾周後,花蕾和一些花朵就會綻放。

  • Our daffodils, though, are just in

    不過,我們的水仙花剛剛開始

  • the ground, out in the lawn.

    在草坪上的地面上。

  • We actually plant these right in

    實際上,我們在

  • the middle of the grass.

    草地中央。

  • We put the bulbs in a number of years ago, and

    我們幾年前就裝上了燈泡。

  • they just come back every year because they are a perennial.

    它們每年都會回來,因為它們是多年生植物。

  • So sometimes we dig them up and split

    是以,有時我們會把它們挖出來,然後分

  • up the bulbs and put them in other

    把燈泡裝起來,放在其他

  • places, but usually they just grow right here.

    但通常它們就生長在這裡。

  • They come up every year and eventually we'll

    它們每年都會出現,最終我們會

  • have some flowers and we'll harvest them.

    有一些花,我們會收穫它們。

  • The peonies are just starting to pop

    牡丹花剛剛開始綻放

  • out of the ground as well.

    也從地下鑽了出來。

  • They're always kind of cool because they come up

    它們總是很酷,因為它們會出現

  • red, but then they do slowly turn green.

    紅色,但隨後會慢慢變成綠色。

  • So obviously it's warm enough

    很明顯,這裡已經足夠暖和了

  • for them to start growing.

    讓它們開始生長。

  • So one of the jobs that we need to do every

    是以,我們需要做的工作之一就是

  • spring is we do a little bit of spring cleanup.

    春天是我們進行春季大掃除的季節。

  • One of the things we have to clean up

    我們必須清理的事情之一

  • or pick up are all of these sticks.

    或撿到的都是這些棍子。

  • Our trees through the winter tend to lose a

    我們的樹木在冬季往往會失去

  • few sticks and branches when it's really windy.

    風大的時候,可以用一些木棍和樹枝。

  • Sometimes when there's a lot of snow on the

    有時,如果雪下得很大

  • trees, we'll lose some branches on those trees

    樹,我們會失去一些樹枝

  • and we'll have to come out in the spring

    我們必須在春天出來

  • and clean up all the sticks and all the

    並清理所有樹枝和所有

  • branches that have fallen on the lawn.

    掉落在草坪上的樹枝。

  • It's also kind of nice at this time

    這時候也挺好的

  • of year because the lawn starts to green

    因為草坪開始變綠

  • up a little bit. Throughout the winter

    了一點。整個冬季

  • the lawn is kind of brown and doesn't look

    草坪是棕色的,看起來不像

  • like it has very much life in it.

    就像充滿了生命力。

  • But as we get a little bit of sunshine and the

    但是,當我們有了一點點陽光,有了

  • days are a bit warmer, the lawn starts to green up.

    天氣稍微暖和一些,草坪開始泛綠。

  • I'm really happy as well because my

    我也非常高興,因為我的

  • wheat field is starting to green up.

    麥田開始返青

  • This is a winter wheat field.

    這是一片冬麥田。

  • It was planted in the fall by my neighbor.

    它是我的鄰居在秋天種下的。

  • I pay my neighbor to plant my crops

    我付錢讓鄰居幫我種莊稼

  • because he has really big tractors and equipment.

    因為他有非常大的拖拉機和設備。

  • But the wheat field is really nicely greening up.

    不過,麥田的綠化確實不錯。

  • It means it's alive, it's healthy, and it's doing well.

    這意味著它還活著,它很健康,它做得很好。

  • So one of the exciting things I look forward to in

    是以,我期待的令人興奮的事情之一是

  • the spring is if it's a year where I'm growing wheat.

    春天是我種植小麥的年份。

  • I love seeing the wheat turn green and start to grow.

    我喜歡看到小麥變綠並開始生長。

  • Sometimes at this time of year, I'll see some

    有時在每年的這個時候,我會看到一些

  • trays out in the field, and if I follow

    在田野裡的托盤,如果我按照

  • the trail of trays, eventually I'll see that Jen's

    盤子的痕跡,最終我會看到珍的

  • already planting some little baby plants in the ground.

    已經在地裡種下了一些小植物。

  • So pretty fun. I guess

    真有趣我想

  • this variety is very cold tolerant, and Jen's

    該品種非常耐寒,而 Jen's

  • out here planting them in the ground.

    在這裡把它們種到地裡。

  • It's also nice to be outside wearing just one shirt.

    在戶外只穿一件襯衫也很不錯。

  • I don't have to wear a coat.

    我不用穿外套。

  • I don't have to wear a winter hat.

    我不用戴冬帽。

  • I don't even need mittens or gloves.

    我甚至不需要手套或手套。

  • It's really nice.

    真的很不錯。

  • It's not warm enough, though,

    不過還不夠暖和、

  • for short sleeved shirts yet.

    短袖襯衫。

  • That will come in the future, but right now it's warm

    將來會有的,但現在很溫暖

  • enough that I can just be outside in a sweatshirt.

    足以讓我穿著運動衫就能出門。

  • So we've been pretty happy this year

    所以今年我們過得很開心

  • because the river has not flooded.

    因為河水沒有氾濫。

  • Well, it flooded once, but that was way back when

    好吧,它淹過一次水,但那是很久以前的事了

  • it was really cold, so it's not as bad.

    當時真的很冷,所以沒那麼糟糕。

  • Right now, the river is just normal.

    現在,河水還算正常。

  • But sometimes in the spring and, and this will probably

    但有時在春天,這可能會

  • happen later this month, it will flood, and then probably

    本月晚些時候會發生洪水,然後可能會

  • some of my wheat will get covered in water.

    我的一些小麥會沾上水。

  • That's not good for the wheat, but

    這對小麥不利,但

  • it'll only be a small amount.

    這只是一小部分。

  • So right now, the river is behaving itself.

    所以,現在河水還算聽話。

  • In a few weeks, though, we might see some flooding

    不過,幾周後,我們可能會看到一些洪水

  • or because it's spring, we would call it spring flooding.

    或者因為現在是春天,我們稱之為春汛。

  • Sometimes during the long, cold, windy

    有時,在漫長、寒冷、多風的

  • winter, some things get damaged.

    冬天,有些東西會損壞。

  • You can see there's a piece of metal

    你可以看到有一塊金屬

  • that's starting to come off my barn there.

    我的穀倉裡的東西都快掉光了。

  • So I have some damage on my barn.

    我的穀倉有些損壞。

  • When I see damage, I make a note of it

    當我看到損壞時,我會記錄下來

  • because I'll need to repair that damage in the future.

    因為我將來需要修復這些損壞。

  • Often in the spring, after a long winter,

    通常是在漫長的冬天過後的春天、

  • you see things that are damaged, and then

    你看到損壞的東西,然後